Bahrain GP: Sauber Friday practice notes

Sauber Petronas drivers Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella finished 15th and 17th respectively after today's first practice sessions for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Giancarlo Fisichella: "This morning was fine, but this afternoon wasn't so good.

Sauber Petronas drivers Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella finished 15th and 17th respectively after today's first practice sessions for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Giancarlo Fisichella:

"This morning was fine, but this afternoon wasn't so good. I had too much oversteer, so we have more work to do on set-up this evening. It is also still quite difficult for us to do a good lap first time out on new tyres."

"I haven't been feeling too well since I got to Bahrain. I've had a high temperature and fever, but it doesn't actually affect me when I'm driving and I'm sure I'll be okay for the race."

Felipe Massa:

"I did a long run this afternoon but there was so much traffic that I couldn't use all my laps. But at least we have an idea of the direction to take for tomorrow. The balance of the car needs improvement as I had a lot of oversteer on turn-in, but otherwise it wasn't too bad."

"My last lap should have been two or three tenths faster but I made a mistake in Turn 13 and spun. The grip level is okay here on the line, but once you get even slightly off it, it's like ice."

Peter Sauber (Team principal):

"We had time today in the two sessions to gather a lot of data in order to improve the set-up for tomorrow and we were able to make our tyre choice. We think that we have a good basis for the race."

Driver (Chassis)
Giancarlo Fisichella (C23-04)
1st Free Practice: 1:35.388s, 16th
2nd Free Practice: 1:33.061s, 17th

Felipe Massa (C23-03)
1st Free Practice: 1:34.488s, 8th
2nd Free Practice : 1:33.031s, 15th
Spare (C23-01)

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Felipe Massa , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber