Sergio Perez pulled off a surprise by making just one pit stop during the Australian Grand Prix when several other drivers needed three.
But he lost a maiden haul of six points for seventh place when both Saubers were disqualified for a technical infringement.
|Kamui Kobayashi||Sergio Perez|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’25.405 (-0.703)||1’26.108|
Kobayashi got his Sauber into Q3 and although he had no new soft tyres left he decided to stick with them rather to start on hards.
Although he moved ahead of Fernando Alonso at the start he couldn’t keep the Ferrari behind.
He fell victim to a surprise attack from Rubens Barrichello later on and lost another place, but moved up again after Barrichello took out Nico Rosberg.
He pitted twice, falling behind his team mate the last time and finishing eighth on the road.
Perez was one of only two drivers to start the race on hard tyres. He struggled for pace to begin with and was passed by Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado.
He stayed out until lap 22 on his original set of tyres, rising to seventh place, before switching to softs. He made those tyres last the remaining 35 laps.
Although his lap times began to slip towards the end he was under little pressure from team mate Kobayashi behind him.
Sauber claim their rear wing failed the post-race check because of a manufacturing error and insist they did not gain performance from it.
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