Malaysian GP: Sauber race notes

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella finished eighth and 11th respectively in today's Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. Giancarlo Fisichella: "I had some moments in the first two corners after the start and...

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella finished eighth and 11th respectively in today's Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang.

Giancarlo Fisichella:

"I had some moments in the first two corners after the start and lost a lot of places, so after that we decided to change our refuelling strategy slightly. Then unfortunately the engine stalled in the second stop and again in the third, so I lost even more time. The car wasn't too bad in between all that."

Felipe Massa:

"I had a bit of a clutch problem from the start of the race, which made all my pit stops a bit nerve-wracking. I also found it very difficult on the first lap out of the pits on new tyres. That's why I had that moment in Turn 13 around lap 42 - I just couldn't hold the steering wheel! I went right over the grass and luckily Michael managed to miss me."

"It was very difficult to try and catch the drivers in front, but in the end this was a really good result for us. I scored my first point here in 2002, so it's good to come back and do the same two years later. This was very important for us, to score a point for Petronas."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"We all know that this is a very, very extreme race, for the engines, the tyres and especially for the drivers. I'm very happy that we scored a point with Felipe, and this is a fitting gift for all our friends in Malaysia."

Driver (Chassis)
Fisichella (C23-02) 11th
Massa (C23-03) 8th
Spare (C23-01)

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Felipe Massa , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber