Crash-strewn race (Sauber race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Each Sauber was involved in two separate crashes during the Singapore Grand Prix and both collided with Michael Schumacher.

Nick Heidfeld Kamui Kobayashi
Qualifying position 14 10
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’48.557 (+0.958) 1’47.599
Race position
Average race lap 2’00.934 (+2.534) 1’58.401
Laps 36/61 30/61
Pit stops 2 0

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Nick Heidfeld

Matched his team mate’s pace in final practice but couldn’t repeat the feat in qualifying, lapping almost a second slower than Kobayashi.

He started 15th and collided with Vitantonio Liuzzi in the first lap, requiring a pit stop for a new front wing.

His second, terminal collision was with former Mercedes team mate Michael Schumacher, who Heidfeld blamed for the crash:

In my view, Michael was braking a bit too late and knocked me out of the race.
Nick Heidfeld

Kamui Kobayashi

Started in the top ten for the first time since Istanbul and ran ninth after staying out during the first safety car period.

He made a mistake at turn three on lap seven, which allowed Mark Webber to pass him.

After that he caught Schumacher and sprang a surprise attack on the Mercedes driver, knocking him off the track as he passed.

The stewards were unconcerned about the move but Kobayashi’s race didn’t last much longer as he crashed into the barrier at turn 18 shortly afterwards.

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

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