Sauber understands Fisichella decision

Sauber understands Fisichella decision

Team boss Peter Sauber will be sad to see Giancarlo Fisichella leave the Swiss squad at the end of the season but understands his decision. Fisichella has signed for Renault in 2005 and never made any secret that he was hoping to move on to a top...

Team boss Peter Sauber will be sad to see Giancarlo Fisichella leave the Swiss squad at the end of the season but understands his decision. Fisichella has signed for Renault in 2005 and never made any secret that he was hoping to move on to a top team. The Italian, who replaces Jarno Trulli, will partner Fernando Alonso at Renault.

Giancarlo Fisichella and Peter Sauber celebrate 6th place finish.
Photo by Sauber Petronas.

"Of course I regret that Giancarlo will leave us at the end of the season," said Sauber. "He's not only a first-class racer but a very pleasant person as well."

"Nevertheless, I understand his decision. Giancarlo put his cards on the table right in the beginning, telling me that he wanted to use Sauber as a springboard for his career, and now he has managed to do this."

Sauber was quick to point out that his team has helped other drivers move on in their careers: "After Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Kimi R?ikk?nen, he is the third driver we're helping to take the leap into one of the top teams."

"This fact speaks for the quality of Sauber Petronas. Obviously, we have an environment in which drivers can develop their capabilities to optimum levels."

Who will replace Fisichella at Sauber next season is yet to be seen but the boss is not in any hurry. "Today, Sauber Petronas are a highly attractive team, that's why we're not under any time pressure to sign a successor."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Jarno Trulli , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Fernando Alonso , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber