Nick Heidfeld brought his Sauber Petronas C21 home 10th in today's Italian Grand Prix, in which Felipe Massa retied on the 17th lap with collision damage. Nick Heidfeld: "I was able to make some places off the line thanks to my two-stop ...
Nick Heidfeld brought his Sauber Petronas C21 home 10th in today's Italian Grand Prix, in which Felipe Massa retied on the 17th lap with collision damage.
"I was able to make some places off the line thanks to my two-stop refuelling strategy, but then de la Rosa was very slow out of the first chicane and I got boxed in behind him which spoiled my progress. The following lap I managed to outbrake Villeneuve into the first corner, but after that it was hard to move up any higher."
"I had enough fuel to do a single stop run, so I was at a disadvantage early on and lost places after a reasonable start. Then on lap 15 de la Rosa cut the first chicane, but instead of moving over to let me by he stayed ahead for a lap. He was so slow going down to Ascari that I put my car in the middle of the track and, as far as I was concerned, I was past him. Maybe he hit the throttle again. Whatever, we touched, and that damaged either my right rear suspension or the tyre, so a lap later I was out.
"The only good thing is that I became the first driver to race in F1 with the HANS safety collar today, and it gave me no problems all weekend."
Peter Sauber (Team Principal):
"This week we will undertake an intensive test at Silverstone to improve the Sauber Petronas C21 in medium to low downforce configuration. This has been a difficult weekend for us, but once again the car was reliable so we must enhance the performance to exploit that fully in the remaining two races."
Retired lap 17