Sergio Perez, Sauber, Melbourne, 2011

Just one stop for Perez in remarkable debut drive

2011 Australian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 position 9 13
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’25.405 (-0.703) 1’26.108
Race position DQ DQ
Laps 58/58 58/58
Pit stops 2 1

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58
Kamui Kobayashi 105.896 97.118 95.483 95.648 95.633 95.302 96.681 94.52 94.425 94.491 94.586 94.567 94.847 94.342 95.916 114.819 100.585 92.875 93.091 93.333 94.651 93.85 94.158 92.332 93.492 92.662 92.666 92.373 92.164 92.08 92.423 112.12 99.549 91.739 91.269 91.247 91.081 91.339 91.194 90.946 91.027 91.773 91.141 90.818 90.969 90.7 90.735 90.617 90.62 90.696 90.384 91.132 91.237 91.687 90.778 92.265 91.229 91.83
Sergio Perez 112.663 97.576 96.216 95.617 95.999 96.169 95.294 95.375 98.168 96.506 94.646 94.746 94.905 96.433 94.867 94.778 94.79 94.889 94.623 94.685 95.145 95.217 115.111 102.17 92.147 91.309 91.307 91.05 90.671 91.243 91.517 91.74 91.306 92.775 91.896 92.569 90.649 90.741 89.962 90.526 90.545 90.721 90.513 90.137 90.319 90.239 90.633 91.997 90.614 90.477 91.543 90.802 90.806 91.401 91.536 91.539 91.709 92.577

Kamui Kobayashi

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.

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Melbourne, 2011
Sergio Perez, Sauber, Melbourne, 2011

Sergio Perez

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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