Sauber drivers at the Cirque du Soleil

The Sauber Petronas drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa visited Canada's and probably the world's most famous circus, the "Cirque du Soleil", at its International Headquarters in Montreal today. After a tour of the facilities, training...

The Sauber Petronas drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa visited Canada's and probably the world's most famous circus, the "Cirque du Soleil", at its International Headquarters in Montreal today.

After a tour of the facilities, training studios and costume shops the drivers got the unique chance to join the training sessions and tried acrobatic activities by themselves under the supervision of Cirque du Soleil coaches.

Giancarlo Fisichella was impressed by the facilities and the professionalism of the artists: "The 'Cirque du Soleil' is my absolute favourite! To get a glimpse behind the scenes was an exciting experience for me. I was amazed of how the artists prepare and how hard they work for delivering a great show. In summer the 'Cirque du Soleil' will have an engagement in Rome and I will definitely go to see it with my family."

"This was my first time at the 'Cirque du Soleil' and it was great fun! It's very impressive to see the artists: it all looks so easy, but obviously this is just the result of continuously hard work. I think it's comparable with the career of a race driver - you start driving a go-kart and then go up the ladder," Felipe Massa said. "I liked most the acrobatic try-out at the so-called 'Russian Swing' today. First I was scared and didn't really dare, but then it was fun and to be honest I felt like a child again."

Cirque du Soleil was founded in 1984, celebrating its 20th anniversary next week, and has approximately 2,700 employees from 40 different nations worldwide. Since its early days Cirque du Soleil has had over 250 engagements in 90 cities and attracted almost 40 million spectators.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Felipe Massa
Teams Sauber