Japanese GP: Sauber Friday notes

Felipe Massa and Nick Heidfeld finished in 15th and 16th places respectively after today's first free practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix. Nick Heidfeld: "This will be my 50th GP, and Suzuka is my favourite circuit, but as you can...

Felipe Massa and Nick Heidfeld finished in 15th and 16th places respectively after today's first free practice sessions for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Nick Heidfeld:

"This will be my 50th GP, and Suzuka is my favourite circuit, but as you can see from the positions I'm not very happy with today. I was struggling to find a decent balance all the time. On old tyres I had oversteer, whereas new ones gave me understeer."

Felipe Massa:

"I'm very pleased to be back at a Grand Prix, and I'm quite happy with today's performance. The car had a good balance, but I lost some time with a spark plug problem. Once that was fixed I ran into traffic towards the end of the afternoon session and I also made some mistakes, so I know I can go a lot quicker."

"I love this circuit! It's even better than I expected. Lots of technical corners and lots of fast ones. It's better than Spa, no question, much more of a challenge."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"Both Sauber Petronas C21s ran reliably today, and we were able to do plenty of preparation for the race."


Driver (Chassis)
Heidfeld (C21-01)
1:37.781s, 16th
Massa (C21-02)
1:37.492s, 15th
Spare: (C21-04)

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