Reward in 300th GP (Sauber race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sauber marked their 300th Grand Prix – including 85 started as BMW – with their best result of the season so far. Both drivers were in the points for the first time in 2010.

Pedro de la Rosa Kamui Kobayashi
Qualifying position 9 23
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’21.891 (-0.331) 1’22.222
Race position 7 9
Average race lap 1’27.919 (-0.035) 1’27.954
Laps 69/70 69/70
Pit stops 1 1

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Pedro de la Rosa

Paid tribute to the improved performance of the C29 in slow corners after taking ninth on the grid in qualifying:

I am happy with my performance but, more importantly, I am very proud of the team. The car was really good. My position proves how much progress the guys from Hinwil have made with the car, especially to make it quicker in slow corners. They just kept their heads down and worked hard, and they have turned it around.
Pedro de la Rosa

He brought the car home seventh with Jenson Button unable to challenge him after their pit stops.

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

Kamui Kobayashi

Failed to get out of Q1 for the third time in five races after being briefly held up by Bruno Senna. Made matters worse by driving past a red light when he returned to the pits, which was supposed to direct him to the weigh bridge. He was handed a five-place grid penalty.

Afterwards technical director James Key said Kobayashi had done his final run on the medium tyres in order to save a set of softs:

On the second run, also on the prime tyres in order to save a set of option tyres, unfortunately Kamui caught some traffic on two of his laps in the final run, which spoilt the laps for him. Nevertheless, had we gone with the softer tyres, I believe he would still have gone through. That was our mistake, and we apologise to Kamui for that.
James Key

Kobayashi made amends on race day, gaining seven places on the first lap. Later on he passed Michael Schumacher at the restart, which ensured he was able to get ahead of Rubens Barrichello when the Williams driver pitted.

It left him in an unlikely but wholly deserved ninth place at the end of the race.

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

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