Points for Kobayashi (Sauber race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kamui Kobayashi scored points for the fourth time in five races despite an error in qualifying.

Pedro de la Rosa Kamui Kobayashi
Qualifying position 24 17
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 2’05.294 (+3.01) 2’02.284
Race position 11 8
Average race lap 2’02.279 (+0.44) 2’01.840
Laps 44/44 44/44
Pit stops 4 2

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Pedro de la Rosa

De la Rosa went off in the late stages of Q1 at Curve Paul Frere, condemning him to start from near the back of the grid.

As he was already on his eighth engine and would inevitably need to use a new one before the end of the season, the team decided to put a new engine in the car and take the penalty when it didn’t hurt them too much. That left him starting from last place.

De la Rosa was one of several drivers to lose time making an early switch to intermediates at the start of the race, followed by the necessary change back to slicks. Nonetheless he rose to tenth by the end of the race before making a similar mistake to the one he did in qualifying at the same corner:

After I had to start last I should not complain about finishing 12th, but two laps before the end I was tenth and just in the points.

I was on full wet tyres, the rain was not heavy enough and there was not enough water on the track to stop destroying those tyres. They went off quite quickly and when I tried to catch Vitaly Petrov I made a mistake. I went into the gravel and lost two places.
Pedro de la Rosa

He was promoted to 11th afterwards by Jaime Alguersuari’s penalty.

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

Kamui Kobayashi

Went off in Q1, like his team mate. After starting 17th he was 12th by lap two before pitting for hard tyres – although his team weren’t quite ready for him when he came in.

He climbed up to seventh before being passed by Nico Rosberg at the final restart.

His latest haul of points has lifted him ahead of Petrov in the championship, making him the leading rookie.

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

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