Canada race notes - Sauber


Sauber drivers Felipe Massa and Jacques Villeneuve finished fourth and ninth respectively in today's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, adding five points to our score.

Jacques Villeneuve: "At the start the grip was poorer than expected and the car just didn't want to get off the line so I lost ground immediately, and then in the second corner Sato came across me and damaged the front wing so I had to pit straight away for a replacement nose section. That was effectively it for me because I just lost too much time. That was a great pity because the car was fast today. At the end I could attack Klien, but he was exiting the corners well and I could never quite get close enough to challenge him."

Felipe Massa: "I made a great start - two places straight off the grid. After that the car was so consistent the whole race that I was really able to push hard, until the last 15 laps. I just couldn't generate enough heat in the rear tyres after the safety car went in, and I had Webber right behind me all the way. They were the toughest 15 laps of my life! In the last corner I could see he was going to try something but I was able to discourage that and hold him off. This was a fantastic day for the team, and for me. I didn't make a mistake the whole race."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal): "I am very happy with this result. Felipe was finally rewarded after two unlucky races. He drove a fantastic, controlled race, particularly in the closing laps. Unfortunately Jacques was not able to benefit from his high grid position after damaging the front wing in the second corner, which compromised his race straight away. I would have been very happy for him to score points in his home race.

"Besides the performance of the drivers we should never forget that a key part of the game is to build reliable, strong and consistent cars, so thanks also to our team at Hinwil for their crucial contribution to this success."

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Published: 12/06/2005
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