Nick Heidfeld brought his Sauber Petronas C21 home seventh in today's French Grand Prix, but Felipe Massa retired on the 48th lap. Nick Heidfeld: "Before my first pit stop I had a problem with slow upshifts and loss of traction control. I...
Nick Heidfeld brought his Sauber Petronas C21 home seventh in today's French Grand Prix, but Felipe Massa retired on the 48th lap.
"Before my first pit stop I had a problem with slow upshifts and loss of traction control. I asked the team what to do and they said switch traction control off. After that I used recovery mode but it was inconsistent and I kept getting occasional wheelspin, and that got worse later in the race. In the end I switched traction control back on again but I still had the slow upshift problem. It's a shame because that was costing me a massive amount of time."
"At the start I made a mistake and release the launch control system a fraction too early. For safety reasons I had to keep going, and for a while I was in seventh place until I got my first drive-through penalty. After that I got another one for crossing the white line on the pit exit; okay, it was my fault, but it's quite tricky there and the line is dirty, and several other well-established drivers did the same thing later on."
"In my second pit stop there was a misunderstanding with the crew, and I think maybe something broke when I tried to rejoin the race. It's a shame, because in between my adventures the car felt really good."
Peter Sauber (Team Principal):
"Even without all our troubles today it was not possible to score a point. We have to accept this and move on to our preparations for Hockenheim next weekend. Congratulations to Michael Schumacher and Ferrari for their historic achievement today."
Driver (Chassis) Heidfeld (C21-06) 7th Massa (C21-07) Retired lap 48 Spare: (C21-01)