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Sauber fail to impress in Germany

Germany's Michael Schumacher cheers in his Ferrari after his European Grand Prix victory Keystone

Switzerland's Sauber motor racing team have failed to pick up any constructors' championship points after mixed performances by its drivers in Sunday's European Grand Prix in Germany.

This content was published on June 24, 2001 - 17:19

Finnish rider Kimi Raikkonen drove steadily throughout the race in Nuremburg, dropping one place behind his starting position. He had to be content with finishing in tenth place, which leaves him with eight points in the overall Formula One world championship standings.

The Finn's team-mate, Nick Heidfeld, had less to smile about. For the third time in a row, he abandoned the race, this time due to mechanical problems. The German suffered a similar fate in Monaco and Canada earlier this month.

Despite the run of bad luck, Heidfeld holds eight points overall and is currently in seventh spot in the drivers' standings.

Peter Sauber's team are still just three points short of matching their greatest ever tally - the 18 points won during the 1995 season.

The Hinwil-based team are currently fourth in the constructors' standings, immediately behind Formula One giants Ferrari, McLaren-Mercedes and BMW-Williams.

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher won Sunday's Grand Prix, making it the Formula One world champion's fifth title of the year.

Schumacher beat Colombia's Juan Pablo Montoya by 4.2 seconds while Britain's David Coultard came third.

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