2011 Malaysian GP team review
Kamui Kobayashi scored points in the Malaysian Grand Prix and this time the team were allowed to keep them.
|Kamui Kobayashi||Sergio Perez|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’36.691 (-0.837)||1’37.528|
Sauber drivers’ lap times throughout the race:
Just as team mate Sergio Perez used a one-stop strategy in Melbourne, Kobayashi made one fewer stop than most drivers and used it to pick up points in Sepang.
He spent the opening laps in a spirited battle with Mark Webber for ninth place. Kobayashi eventually got the better of the wounded, KERS-less Red Bull.
He stayed out until lap 17 on soft tyres – the longest of any driver – even as his lap times rose into the 1’47s. He delayed his second stop too and was passed by Michael Schumacher but, as he had with Webber, Kobayashi hit back with another smart re-pass.
He demonstrated the Sauber’s kindness to its tyres by staying out 19 laps on his second set of soft tyres, allowing him to polish off the remaining 21 on hards. Although he was passed by Vitaly Petrov he inherited eighth place again when the Renault driver crashed out.
He was later promoted to seventh by Lewis Hamilton’s penalty.
Perez lined up six places behind Kobayashi and ran a similar strategy.
His lap times early in the second stint looked promising but he hit a piece of debris but he was forced to retire: “Something came off Sébastien Buemi’s car, which was just in front of me, and hit the floor of my car.
“The fire extinguisher went off and the electrics cut out. It was a shame I couldn’t finish the race as the car felt good.”
2011 Malaysian Grand Prix
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- Domenicali praises Massa’s “return to form” in Malaysia
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- Red Bull stay ahead but KERS is still a weakness
- Ferrari on form in race after poor qualifying
- Hamilton called for his extra tyre stop at McLaren
- Renault recover from Friday drama for podium
- Schumacher scores for struggling Mercedes
- Two more retirements “not acceptable” at Williams
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