Kobayashi battles to eighth for Sauber’s first points

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 position 10 16
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’36.691 (-0.837) 1’37.528
Race position 7
Laps 56/56 23/56
Pit stops 2 1

Sauber drivers’ lap times throughout the race:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv
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
Kamui Kobayashi 116.818 106.952 105.888 105.665 105.734 107.798 106.124 106.983 105.739 106.045 106.24 107.034 107.123 107.276 107.209 108.327 112.179 123.613 103.305 103.453 103.566 104.226 104.835 105.252 104.58 105.22 105.402 104.662 104.448 104.057 104.883 104.917 105.738 105.279 106.12 109.776 122.584 103.095 102.095 102.334 102.758 104.618 102.308 102.547 103.355 102.47 102.126 104.922 102.934 102.725 103.321 103.365 103.938 103.552 104.005 104.753
Sergio Perez 120.065 108.738 107.417 105.798 105.78 106.585 106.527 107.029 106.89 107.186 107.447 107.418 109.262 108.872 110.306 111.462 114.012 123.605 103.298 103.352 103.408 103.649 104.091
Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Sepang, 2011

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Sepang, 2011

Kamui Kobayashi

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.

Kamui Kobayashi 2011 form guide

Sergio Perez

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 S??bastien 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.”

Sergio Perez 2011 form guide

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33 comments on Kobayashi battles to eighth for Sauber’s first points

  1. Kobayashi will go places, as its been said, he is a very clever and very skillful, its one thing to try an overtake thats a little risky but quite another to not make contact and keep it on track if dont work out!! Immense car control in my book.

    As the car improves so will his performance so watch this space. I always said he would make a great driver and so far I was on the money, added to this he is an absolute joy to watch.

    Perez is a good driver too, makes me laugh in interviews as not the usual corporate clone some drivers are (a bit like Karun Chandok) but very talented if so far very unfortunate. Its still early days though, I can see a few battles between Perez & Kobayashi in the future.

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