Team Sauber-Petronas driver Giancarlo Fisichella notched up another point at the Hungarian Grand Prix today [Sunday], after his race went 'almost exactly' the way he expected it to.

Speaking at the finish, the Italian, who will re-join Renault in 2005, was delighted with eighth, and already looking forward to the next race, in Belgium at the end of the month.

"The race went almost exactly the way I expected it to, right down to the start! It was a good race for me, and even though one point isn't really enough it was still good to score it," he reflected.

"The car had very good pace and balance, and the sole problem was the tyres graining two or three laps after each pit stop, but that cleared up after five or six laps. I did my best and really pushed, and I didn't make any mistakes, so I am pleased with myself and the teamwork and now I'm really looking forward to Spa."

Sauber boss, Peter Sauber was also happy, despite the fact Felipe Massa was forced to retire in the sister C23, on lap 21 after brake problems.

"After his strong qualifying performance, Giancarlo drove an error-free and consistent race that was fully deserving of the point we scored," he concluded. "That is even more important for us as our immediate rivals did not score.

"Felipe showed his speed once again, but had a lot of problems this weekend. After his disappointment in qualifying due to an engine problem he had to retire because of a malfunction in the braking system. Fingers crossed, Spa will be kinder to him and will allow him to demonstrate his true capability."

 

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