Brazilian GP: Sauber preview

Sauber looking for more points in Brazil Willy Rampf (Technical Director): "Interlagos poses special challenges with its two long straights. One leads uphill and past the pits, the other is on the back of the circuit. They are linked by the ...

Sauber looking for more points in Brazil

Willy Rampf (Technical Director):

"Interlagos poses special challenges with its two long straights. One leads uphill and past the pits, the other is on the back of the circuit. They are linked by the tight infield complex. That means that it can be tricky to achieve the right compromise there. You always need different set-ups for qualifying and for the race, but here it is especially noteworthy. In qualifying you need a lot of downforce so you are quick on the infield, but of course for the race high top speed on the straights helps you to overtake, so you use less downforce."

"Mechanical set-up - springs and rollbars - is also very important here, not just to maximise traction on the infield but also to deal with the circuit's notorious bumps. Weather conditions are changing very quickly. This can make the qualifying more challenging and the race more exciting. A good choice strategy will be key."

Nick Heidfeld (35 GPs, 2 World Championship points):

"Last year we had a strong race in difficult conditions in Brazil, where I scored my first podium, so naturally I am hoping again for good result this weekend. The Sauber Petronas C21 is strong and reliable, so I think we can add to our points tally."

Felipe Massa (2 GPs, 1 World Championship point):

"Since I have left Barcelona last week I am mentally thinking of driving around Interlagos. My home Grand Prix will be very exciting for me, especially after I scored my first World Championship point in Malaysia."

-sauber-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Felipe Massa
Teams Sauber