Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa both retired their SAUBER PETRONAS C21s from today's Brazilian Grand Prix, with a brake problem and a spin respectively. Nick Heidfeld: "I made a good start this afternoon and my car felt fine to begin with, but...
Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa both retired their SAUBER PETRONAS C21s from today's Brazilian Grand Prix, with a brake problem and a spin respectively.
"I made a good start this afternoon and my car felt fine to begin with, but I think I may have had a slow puncture on the right rear on my first set of tyres as Mika Salo was getting close. I had him under control, however, and after my first stop I had no trouble keeping ahead of him. Then after a while I began to feel some really strange vibrations in the front end so I had to make an unscheduled stop and then was forced to retire. It's disappointing because I could have finished sixth today."
"I made a great start and was able to follow Nick in the early stages, but then some understeer got worse and worse and I began to slip back. I had a great fight with Villeneuve and Frentzen but unfortunately, after my stop Mark Webber tried to brake very late and put me out."
Willy Rampf (Technical Director):
"Nick was unlucky to have an unusual problem with a front brake which cost him sixth place, while Felipe was pushed off by another driver. It's a disappointing result, because we could have scored another championship point."
Team Sauber Petronas will be testing on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Valencia in preparation for the San Marino GP in two weeks' time, which will be the team's 150th F1 race.
Weather: Sunny and hot.
Heidfeld (C21-03) Retired lap 61
Massa (C21-04) Retired lap 41