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Willy Rampf (Technical Director): Silverstone is quite a complex track. It has some very high-speed curves, such as the flowing section of Becketts, Maggotts, Chapel and the Hangar Straight down to Stowe, where there is a heavy demand on the...

Willy Rampf (Technical Director):
Silverstone is quite a complex track. It has some very high-speed curves, such as the flowing section of Becketts, Maggotts, Chapel and the Hangar Straight down to Stowe, where there is a heavy demand on the driver to find the perfect line in order to achieve a good lap time. This is the most important sector of his medium to high downforce circuit, and where you place the greatest emphasis on setting up the car. At the same time, however, you need good traction and mechanical grip for the slow-speed infield corners such as Luffield and Priory.

Our target for Silverstone is to keep the 4th position in the World Championship, but we are aware that we have to beat some teams in their own back ‘garden’.

Nick Heidfeld (26 GPs, 9 World Championship points):
I was really happy with the progress that we made in the race at Magny-Cours. Since our car also went well in Barcelona, which is another high-speed track where aerodynamics are important, I’m hopeful that we will be able to run strongly at Silverstone because it has similar characteristics.

Kimi Räikkönen (10 GPs, 7 World Championship points):
I don’t have any problem learning new circuits, but it will be nice to race at Silverstone because I know it very well. I like its high-speed corners, and I’m sure the C20 will be well suited to the track so that we can challenge for further points.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Sauber