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China preview quotes: Sauber
« on: Apr 14, 10, 14:34 »
Friday, April 9th 2010, 09:20 GMT

Pedro de la Rosa: "The Shanghai Circuit is one I really like and enjoy. The last time I raced there was in 2006 and I finished fifth. It is a good track with a very long straight and nice overtaking opportunities. Overall the circuit has a great variety of corners, including hard braking for a hairpin and other corners which flow nicely. We are working hard on improving the performance of our car. There are 16 races to go, so the season isn't over by any means. Looking at the reliability I'm quite relaxed. What happened in Malaysia was extremely unlucky and will not happen again."

Kamui Kobayashi: "I'm very excited to be racing in Shanghai for the first time in Formula One. I had a good weekend there with GP2 Asia in October 2008. I was second on the grid, set the fastest race lap and just missed winning after a safety car period. The circuit is very nice and the grandstand is really impressive. Actually I like the hard braking before the hairpin after the long straight. I feel it will be difficult for us in Shanghai, but I'm looking forward to the challenge. I generally like racing in Asia, and with Japan not being that far away I usually see more fellow countrymen there than in Europe. Shanghai as a city is an exciting place too, but unfortunately we don't get to see much of it as the track is pretty far away from its centre."

Technical Director James Key: "I'm looking forward to the first race with the team. I arrived in Hinwil after the Easter weekend and met a lot of people. I got a very good impression of what's going on. There is obviously work to be done, but the spirit within the team and the motivation are very high. What is now beginning to emerge is the direction we need to go in. Everyone is pushing very hard, and we are making plans at the moment on the direction we should go in the future to keep developing. I haven't been to the track this year, so it's going to be interesting to see how things are run, learn a bit about the tyres and talk to the drivers. It will be the first time I see the C29, so it will be good to have a close look at it along with Willy Rampf and go through it in detail.

"As far as the circuit is concerned, it's a fairly similar downforce level to what we have experienced on the past three circuits. It's another purpose built track with some interesting features. There's a very long straight, therefore downforce is a compromise. It's a fairly high grip track, which might mean taking a little bit of wing off. Braking stability and traction are very important, and you have those two snail like corners which are tricky for the drivers. We have to see how the cars and the tyres deal with it. We hope for the best and will try to get some points."


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Re: China preview quotes: Sauber
« Reply #1 on: Apr 14, 10, 22:10 »
I want Sauber F1 to succeed just for one simple reason. To see them exist in F1 next season.

Sauber always used to be a middle pack team. Coming between 10-16 in all the races. Scoring points frequently entering in to the point scoring position.

I feel if Sauber F1 is able to bring their car to that level so that can survive. For that they have too replace Williams and compete with Force India. If they are able to do that, they will survive in F1 as they know how to survive at such performance level.   

But my only reservation is their drivers. :-\ I feel Sauber should not have ignored Nick Hiedfeld and should have gone for him. I was surprised when Sauber went for Kamui Kobayashi. Pedro de la Rosa was another surprise.
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