San Marino GP: Sauber preview

Nick Heidfeld: "Imola is a nice track, even with all the chicanes. I like the fact that it is not all flat, but has climbs and downhill sweeps to vary the flow. It's tough to overtake there, and the circuit places big demands on braking, traction...

Nick Heidfeld:
"Imola is a nice track, even with all the chicanes. I like the fact that it is not all flat, but has climbs and downhill sweeps to vary the flow. It's tough to overtake there, and the circuit places big demands on braking, traction and mechanical grip as well as aerodynamics, but I think we will go well there."

Felipe Massa:
"Imola is one of my favourite circuits. I know it really well from my days in the Euroseries F3000 Championship. It's a beautiful track that I really enjoy driving on, so I'm looking forward to challenging strongly for some more points."

Willy Rampf (Technical Director):
"Imola is a power circuit where we run a high percentage of full throttle, but because there are so many slow chicanes it is also very hard on the brakes. That makes setting the car up mechanically even more critical. You need to maximise mechanical grip, traction and braking efficiency, and these days the drivers regularly see peak decelerations in excess of 4G. It's also one of those tracks where you need relatively high downforce for the slow corners during qualifying, and then carry a similar aero set-up into the race to maximise tyre performance. It's demanding on the drivers, too, because of its varying characteristics of chicanes, fast and slow corners and its changes in altitude."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Felipe Massa
Teams Sauber