Kobayashi takes sixth (Sauber race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kamui Kobayashi finished higher than he did at Valencia after a more low-key performance.

But Pedro de la Rosa had to retire after one run-in too many with Adrian Sutil.

Pedro de la Rosa Kamui Kobayashi
Qualifying position 9 12
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’31.327 (-0.094) 1’31.421
Race position 6
Average race lap 1’40.499 (+2.223) 1’38.276
Laps 29/52 52/52
Pit stops 2 1

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Pedro de la Rosa

Qualified a season-best ninth but lost several places after Rubens Barrichello put him on the run-off at Copse.

First Michael Schumacher and Kamui Kobayashi got past, then Jenson Button and Adrian Sutil pounced as de la Rosa had to avoid Sebastian Vettel.

De la Rosa briefly re-passed Sutil at The Loop, only to lose the place again. During the pit stops his team mate got him back in front of the Force India.

But as de la Rosa tried to defend from Sutil on lap 26 the pair made contact, breaking the sides of the Sauber’s rear wing. More debris fell off them on the Hanger straight causing the Safety Car to come out.

The team briefly sent him back out after inspecting the damage to his rear wing and diffuser but on reflection chose to retire him.

Compare Pedro de la Rosa’s form against his team mate in 2010

Kamui Kobayashi

Gained places at the start partly thanks to his team mate’s misfortune.

Capitalised on a mistake by Michael Schumacher to get ahead of the Mercedes driver at the pit stops which ultimately left him in sixth, matching the best result of his career to date.

Compare Kamui Kobayashi’s form against his team mate in 2010

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