European GP: Sauber preview

Sauber Petronas European Grand Prix preview Willy Rampf (Technical Director): "The Nürburgring has always required a relatively high level of downforce, but now that the first corner has been revised and is slower, we can expect to use almost...

Sauber Petronas European Grand Prix preview

Willy Rampf (Technical Director):

"The Nürburgring has always required a relatively high level of downforce, but now that the first corner has been revised and is slower, we can expect to use almost Monaco level. The cars reach their maximum speed of around 300 km/h along the pit straight just before the braking area for the first corner, and again on the back straight before the final chicane. Otherwise there are few really fast corners so you can get away with more downforce and soft tyres just as you can in Monte Carlo."

"The sweeping nature of most of the corners also means that you need the handling to be well balanced, while the fast second-gear chicane at the end of the lap demands good stability and retardation under braking. The car has to change direction quickly,so it needs agility and good traction. Mechanical set-up will be one of the key-issue for all teams during the week-end on this track."

Nick Heidfeld (41 GPs, 5 World Championship points):

"As usual I am looking forward to racing in my home country. I like the Nürburgring, and I am confident that the Sauber Petronas C21 will be well suited to the track. It would be really nice to give a good result to the team, and to the fans who have always supported me."

Felipe Massa (8 GPs, 3 World Championship points):

"I'm really quite excited forward to going back to the Nürburgring, because the last time I was there was with the Euro Formula 3000 Series championship last year, when I won the race. I'm sure I'm going to be very competitive this weekend!"

-sauber-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Felipe Massa
Teams Sauber