Spanish GP: Sauber Friday practice notes

Sauber Petronas drivers Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella finished 17th and 19th respectively after today's first practice sessions for the Spanish Grand Prix. Giancarlo Fisichella: "This is a difficult circuit for us, and once again...

Sauber Petronas drivers Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella finished 17th and 19th respectively after today's first practice sessions for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Giancarlo Fisichella:

"This is a difficult circuit for us, and once again we have been struggling on our first lap on new tyres. On long runs, however, I think we are competitive with the Michelin teams. This afternoon I still couldn't improve the grip of my car or get rid of oversteer that I had this morning, and unfortunately on my final run on new tyres I encountered some rain. The major problem then, however, was a yellow flag which forced me to slow down."

Felipe Massa:

"I should have improved on my final run. Changes we had made to the car gave me much better grip than I'd had previously and the balance was good, but there were spots of rain in the first and final sectors and the last two corners in particular were really slippery. We lack grip over one lap, but on long runs we are pretty consistent."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"Both drivers were able to do consistent long runs. The times were not too bad but naturally we will try to improve further tomorrow, when our main focus will be to set up the car to make better use of new tyres on the out lap."

Giancarlo Fisichella
Chassis: C23-04
Practice session 1: 1:18.886s, 20th
Practice session 2: 1:18.001s, 19th

Felipe Massa
Chassis: C23-06
Practice session 1: 1:18.760s, 19th
Practice session 2: 1:17.906s, 17th

-sauber-

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