Italian GP: Sauber race notes

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Felipe Massa and Jacques Villeneuve finished ninth and 11th respectively in today's Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Jacques Villeneuve: "The start went very well, and I was able to keep Kimi behind me quite easily in...

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Felipe Massa and Jacques Villeneuve finished ninth and 11th respectively in today's Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

Jacques Villeneuve:

"The start went very well, and I was able to keep Kimi behind me quite easily in the early stages. When we were fighting again later on I was blue flagged even though we were battling for position, so I had to let him by. I guess the marshals were getting a bit over-excited."

"Overall it wasn't bad. We had an aggressive strategy but we really needed a few positions higher in qualifying to make that work. The car was oversteering, but I don't mind that."

Felipe Massa:

"I made a great start and was able to avoid the incident in the first corner. After that the pace was reasonable but the car was difficult to drive. It felt pretty nervous. But to start 15th and finish ninth is the best you can hope for on a day when nobody retired, though it is frustrating to miss out on the last point. At least I have a good qualifying start position for Spa, my favourite circuit."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"I can't remember another race where all 20 cars that started made it to the finish. Today it was therefore impossible to benefit from anyone else's unreliability. It was satisfying to go from 12th and 15th on the grid to 11th and ninth in the race, but unfortunately that did not enable us to score any points. It was an exciting Grand Prix, however, which had some dramatic repercussions in the fight for the World Championship."

Felipe Massa: 9th
Chassis: C24-06
Jacques Villeneuve: 11th
Chassis: C24-04

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Felipe Massa , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber