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:
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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31 comments on Sauber: Two penalties in one race for Perez

  1. tkcom (@tkcom) said on 18th April 2011, 23:52

    3 races in and Kobayashi has been finishing ahead of all other midfielders at every race (bar the DSQ). Also, it’s great to see Sauber with better reliability this year. So far, no exploded engine yet!

  2. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 19th April 2011, 8:06

    Well done for Kobayashi and Sauber; and Perez, well, his middle stint is really nicely consistent at least and he does seem to have pace. Looking forward to see him calm down a bit and get some good results. The Sauber is definitely easy on its tyres, so they don’t loose as much time as others dropping down the field during pitstops.

    Interesting that Kobayashi has changed to let others who are faster past relatively easy early on in the race so as not to loose much time defending, knowing their pit-stops might drop them behind again. They look to be regular points scorers.

  3. Erik said on 19th April 2011, 16:28

    Although it doesn’t seem the popular opinion, I think the knock that Perez gave to Heidfeld did deserve a penalty. Nick had closed the line already, yet Sergio still went into a gap that was always going to disappear, or actually, was gone before he arrived.

    An overoptimistic move to say the least.

  4. Don’t focus on the penalties, focus on that little graph with the laptimes. Perez has been like that in all 3 races, very close to Kobayashi :)

    Actually, Petrov and he were catching the Sutil-Kobayashi-Di Resta train when the incident happened… looking at where Petrov ended up, it could have been Sergio in the points.

    If he learns fast and stays out of trouble, he’ll be on Kobayashi’s neck by the end of the season.

  5. The news came out that Sauber looks to have another sponsor! This is what having two young aggressive drivers will do for you… gets your car on the television more often. You don’t need to be the leading cars to get seen, as long as your driver’s are keeping it exciting.

    Meanwhile Sutil is concerned over how he is doing compared to diResta, full of self-doubt it seems.

    The only thing that Sauber may want to consider changing is engines. Unlike mercedes and Renault, Ferrari is known to use a better version of their engine for themselves. But a better engine could see them up towards the front a little more.

    But I could be completely wrong and Sauber may surprise us and win a race or two. I hope so, I really really do.

    Vettel, Kobayashi, diResta, and Perez in a four way battle would be great, if just for a few laps.

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