French GP: Sauber Friday notes

Felipe Massa and Nick Heidfeld finished in 13th and 16th places respectively after today's first free practice sessions for the French Grand Prix. Nick Heidfeld: "As usual we concentrated on race preparation work today, but I'm not at all...

Felipe Massa and Nick Heidfeld finished in 13th and 16th places respectively after today's first free practice sessions for the French Grand Prix.

Nick Heidfeld:

"As usual we concentrated on race preparation work today, but I'm not at all happy with the balance of my car. It lacked stability and felt nervous all round the circuit. A pretty difficult day for me."

Felipe Massa:

"I did a lot of laps today, the joint highest, and we were able to do a lot of work for the race. The car was consistent and I was happy with the balance. My lap time doesn't look so good, but on new tyres I made a mistake exiting Turn 12 that cost me three-tenths or so, so overall I'm quite happy with what I did."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"Both Felipe and Nick did a lot of running today in preparation for Sunday. It was very important to evaluate the performance of the tyres since we anticipate a very hot race. With a total of 95 laps we have plenty of data on which to base our decision on choice of compound."


Driver (Chassis)
Heidfeld (C21-06)
1:16.209s, 16th
Massa (C21-07)
1:16.030s, 13th
Spare: (C21-01)

-sauber-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Felipe Massa , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber