Team Sauber Petronas drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa finished ninth and 10th respectively in today's San Marino Grand Prix in Imola. Giancarlo Fisichella: "We had very good race pace today, and sometimes I was quicker than Kimi,...
Team Sauber Petronas drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa finished ninth and 10th respectively in today's San Marino Grand Prix in Imola.
"We had very good race pace today, and sometimes I was quicker than Kimi, especially at the end. It's a pity I lost the place to him. I got held up by one of the Minardis in the final corner at a point when Kimi had fresher tyres, and with the better traction out of the corner he got a run at me and overtook on the straight. But I am happy with our speed compared to his and very satisfied that we have made such a big improvement since Bahrain. If we can keep that up we can fight for points a lot more."
"I think this was a positive race for us. I made a good start and the car was very good in the first two stints. I don't know why, but it was not quite the same in the final one. It was just very tricky to do competitive lap times and I struggled to keep my rhythm. But we have improved the car, for sure, and really I think it might even have been possible to do two stops rather than three because my Bridgestone tyres were so consistent today."
Peter Sauber (Team Principal):
"Even if Kimi is not the overall benchmark at present it was a pleasure to see Giancarlo fight with him throughout the race. Unfortunately the final championship point went to Kimi by the narrowest of margins in the end but overall we achieved a good result after starting from a difficult position, and both Giancarlo and Felipe were able to finish ahead of the Toyotas and the Jaguars."
Fisichella (C23-04): 9th
Massa (C23-03): 10th