Sauber: Two penalties in one race for Perez

2011 Chinese GP team review

Sergio Perez picked up two penalties during the Chinese Grand Prix.

Kamui Kobayashi Sergio Perez
Qualifying position 13 12
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’36.236 (+0.183) 1’36.053
Race position 10 17
Laps 56/56 55/56
Pit stops 2 3

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 113.064 106.676 105.573 105.003 105.063 105.522 104.773 105.372 105.352 105.527 105.842 105.168 105.645 111.302 121.391 106.879 103.29 103.58 103.864 104.043 104.183 103.55 104.006 103.907 104.186 104.437 104.477 104.415 105.057 110.413 120.918 102.577 103.032 102.82 102.864 103.307 103.134 103.115 102.738 102.768 102.694 102.784 102.824 102.786 102.965 102.661 102.852 103.211 102.967 103.322 103.9 103.838 103.844 103.879 103.852 104.287
Sergio Perez 115.657 107.461 105.983 106.689 106.2 105.598 105.964 105.912 106.742 106.1 105.993 105.743 104.474 104.736 105.201 110.414 120.445 103.72 102.968 103.457 103.301 103.373 103.738 103.34 103.499 103.621 103.275 103.557 104.919 105.749 104.19 103.695 104.362 104.822 104.869 108.681 121.638 102.235 101.643 101.981 101.801 102.901 103.004 101.889 103.812 103.695 113.91 107.07 112.005 106.738 130.56 102.338 103.243 102.845 103.678

Kamui Kobayashi

Kobayashi was one of several drivers caught out by the red flag in Q2 and took 13th on the grid.

He passed Jaime Alguersuari for tenth and ran a two-stop strategy to hold onto the position.

Although he couldn’t keep Vitaly Petrov behind he passed Paul di Resta with four laps to go to claim the final point.

He damaged the nose of his car early on but it did not prove a great problem:

“When I was trying to get close to Adrian [Sutil] on lap 14 we came across another car and I think the driver did not see me. We touched and this was when I got a hole in the car?s nose.

“Technically it was not a problem to drive with that, but practically quite a lot of dust and dirt came into the cockpit. My white overalls looked awfully dirty in the end, but this is obviously not important.”

Kamui Kobayashi 2011 form guide

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Shanghai, 2011

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Shanghai, 2011

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez out-qualified his team mate for the first time but picked up two drive-through penalties during the race.

The first came after he collided with Sutil, which he apologised for: “Most importantly I?m very sorry for the accident with Adrian ?ǣ I am sorry for him and sorry for my team. At this time in the race I wanted to get the most out of my tyres, as I was under pressure from Vitaly [Petrov], so was quite aggressive.

“Unfortunately I lost the rear when I was already on the inside of Adrian and crashed into him. It is a real shame because, as I said before, this weekend I felt a lot more comfortable with the car than ever before.”

His second penalty appears to have been for his collision with Nick Heidfeld. An FIA stewards’ statement (PDF link) says no action was taken, however the team believe that is what the penalty was issued for.

Sergio Perez 2011 form guide

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