Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa finished in 12th and 16th places respectively after today's first free practice sessions for the Grand Prix of Europe. Nick Heidfeld: "As usual I'm quite happy with our Friday running. The car seems well suited...
Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa finished in 12th and 16th places respectively after today's first free practice sessions for the Grand Prix of Europe.
"As usual I'm quite happy with our Friday running. The car seems well suited to the track and we were quite quick for much of the time until other teams began running on low fuel. Our interest wasn't in lap times today, so you shouldn't read too much into our overall performance. We're in good shape for tomorrow."
"As for the change to the track, I like it. It's been well done and now all the new corners are quite difficult. You need to be very precise. I hope Turn One is going to be better at the start, and I'm sure it will be because it's quite wide whereas the old layout was more like a chicane."
"I flat-spotted my first set of tyres braking too hard for the first corner this morning, but the car was quite well balanced on the second set. Later it understeered too much on the third, but the main aim today was distance running so we didn't try to change the car too much to eliminate that. Overall I'm very happy. I had a good day of useful race preparation, and of course Brazil is through to the next stage of the World Cup. I love football and the Brazilian team, and now I'm sure they can go all the way."
Peter Sauber (Team Principal):
"Nick and Felipe amassed 95 laps today, so we had a pretty intensive test. The Sauber Petronas C21 is well suited to the track, and we gathered a lot of valid data that has given us good direction for the race, and for qualifying tomorrow."