European GP: Sauber race notes

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa finished sixth and ninth respectively in today's European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, maintaining the team's fifth place in the World Championship for Constructors. Giancarlo...

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa finished sixth and ninth respectively in today's European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, maintaining the team's fifth place in the World Championship for Constructors.

Giancarlo Fisichella:

"After all the problems I had over the weekend it is wonderful to score points for sixth place! Our target was to score points, but I never believed that sixth was possible. The car was fantastic today, the balance and behaviour were impeccable. I made a good start, our strategy was perfect, and we did a great job as a team. The C23 is improving with every race, so we will keep getting better and better."

Felipe Massa:

"When I let out the clutch at the start nothing happened, and I had to call for it again before I could get going. Running behind the Minardis after that ruined my race because I lost so much time. I'm not sure where I damaged my front wing - maybe when I was close to Bruni, maybe later with Klien - but after that I just had massive understeer and the car was really difficult to drive. A shame, because this was a race where I could have scored more points."

Willy Rampf (Technical Director):

"Our race went exactly as we planned. Starting at the back we gave Giancarlo a high fuel load for a long first stint, and because the Bridgestone tyres were so consistent today we were able to execute our chosen strategy. Congratulations to Giancarlo, who drove a fast and consistent race to finish sixth on the lead lap, consolidating our fifth place in the constructors' championship. Felipe's race was hampered by a problem at the start, and then loss of downforce due to a damaged front wing, and his car was very difficult to drive."

Giancarlo Fisichella: 6th
Chassis: C23-03
Felipe Massa: 9th
Chassis: C23-06

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Felipe Massa
Teams Sauber , Minardi