Spanish GP: Sauber race notes

Team Sauber Petronas driver Felipe Massa was classified 11th in today's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Unfortunately, Jacques Villeneuve had to retire on lap 52 and was not classified. Jacques Villeneuve: "Quite early on my engine began...

Team Sauber Petronas driver Felipe Massa was classified 11th in today's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Unfortunately, Jacques Villeneuve had to retire on lap 52 and was not classified.

Jacques Villeneuve:

"Quite early on my engine began losing water and as it steadily got hotter I began losing power. The biggest problem was that I started with a lot of fuel intending to run longer, but just as I got to the point where my fuel load had gone down and I should have been able to start lapping quickly I got stuck in traffic, so we were unable to maximise our strategy. In the end the engine failed because of the water loss."

Felipe Massa:

"I think I drove a good race, but the pace was just too strong for us today. Everybody who finished in front of us was quicker. As for the problem at the end, I felt the left rear tyre deflate as I came through the last corner, so that was it. We discovered afterwards that the wheel rim had cracked, which let the air leak out."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"After our strong showing in Imola we are obviously disappointed as we were expecting more here. But we look forward to the next race."

Jacques Villeneuve
Chassis: C24-04
retired on lap 52, engine, water leak

Felipe Massa
Chassis: C24-06
retired on lap 63, broken wheel rim

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Felipe Massa , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber