Spanish GP: Sauber race notes

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa finished seventh and ninth respectively in today's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Giancarlo Fisichella: "My car was very good all the way through, and when we were ...

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa finished seventh and ninth respectively in today's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.

Giancarlo Fisichella:

"My car was very good all the way through, and when we were running together I was much quicker than Montoya. I don't know whether he had a problem, but I could keep ahead of him quite easily. The only problem I had was in lapped traffic, when I lost some time. Without that maybe we could even have had the sixth place. But I am happy. We made progress at Imola and we made some more here. If we keep doing that we will just get stronger still."

Felipe Massa:

"I flat-spotted my front tyres in Turn 10 in the first stint, trying to pass somebody, and that gave me a lot of vibration and understeer. I could see Giancarlo, but he was going away from me. I changed the front wings slightly in my first stop, and on fresh rubber the car was fine for the rest of the race. It felt great to beat the McLarens and without that initial problem I really think I could have been in the points. I'm very pleased for Giancarlo and the team that he scored some."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"Two points is fantastic for us, particularly as it is so hard to do that and we won them fair and square. At least as valuable to us was our race performance. We had a super strategy and very strong performances from both drivers. Giancarlo drove just the way I had in mind when we signed him for 2004, while Felipe overtook both McLarens. Our lap times were also absolutely competitive, which is further endorsement of the progress we are making. "

Giancarlo Fisichella: 7th
Chassis: C23-04
Felipe Massa: 9th
Chassis: C23-06
Spare: C23-01

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