Sauber: Point for Kobayashi after starting on last row

2011 Turkish GP team review

Kamui Kobayashi promised Peter Sauber he’d score a point from the last row of the grid in Istanbul – and he did.

Kamui Kobayashi Sergio Perez
Qualifying position 23 15
Qualifying time comparison (None) No time
Race position 10 14
Laps 58/58 57/58
Pit stops 3 4

Sauber drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

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 57 58
Kamui Kobayashi 105.55 96.807 95.881 95.772 95.371 95.8 95.454 95.101 95.386 95.251 95.061 95.179 95.072 111.786 93.366 93.498 93.172 92.919 93.059 93.41 94.323 94.724 106.362 111.258 94.087 92.867 92.438 92.681 92.655 93.042 93.265 93.115 94.909 95.645 95.371 93.458 93.566 93.956 108.782 91.285 91.578 92.041 92.04 91.124 91.038 91.375 92.024 91.301 91.481 91.563 91.59 91.85 91.691 92.515 92.482 92.437 93.494 93.271
Sergio Perez 120.462 119.982 94.654 94.803 94.574 94.232 94.661 94.634 94.604 94.53 95.082 95.88 95.152 96.06 95.852 97.325 110.668 92.261 92.215 92.447 92.563 92.96 92.753 93.613 93.223 93.713 94.7 93.528 93.644 94.371 94.448 95.612 109.299 91.636 92.261 92.995 91.586 91.599 91.741 92.259 92.601 92.954 108.354 90.842 90.932 90.797 90.837 91.185 91.396 91.348 91.697 91.836 92.515 92.993 93.719 93.159 95.216
Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Istanbul, 2011

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Istanbul, 2011

Kamui Kobayashi

A fuel pump problem kept Kobayashi from setting a time in qualifying. The stewards gave him a dispensation to race under the ‘107% rule’.

As Mark Webber did in similar circumstances in China, Kobayashi got his hard tyre stint out of the way to begin with, then used his fresh soft tyres to make rapid progress through the field.

He finished the race tenth but was being caught rapidly by Felipe Massa when the chequered flag came out.

Kobayashi felt he could have scored more points had he not picked up a puncture: “It was a lot of fun today, I really enjoyed this race. I found overtaking here a lot easier than last year in Hungary.

“Before the race I had promised Peter (Sauber) to score points today.

“It is just one point now because we lost so much time due to a puncture, which was the result of touching Sebastien Buemi when I overtook him. Otherwise I think I could have finished seventh and score more points.”

Kamui Kobayashi 2011 form guide

Sergio Perez

Contact with a Williams on the first lap spoiled Perez’s start to the race:

Pastor Maldonado was braking quite hard in front of me and I couldn?t avoid hitting him. I broke my front wing and had to pit.”

From that point he was left playing catch-up. He ended the race swapping places with Adrian Sutil, finishing 14th behind the Force India.

Sergio Perez 2011 form guide

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45 comments on Sauber: Point for Kobayashi after starting on last row

  1. dominoes said on 13th May 2011, 19:11

    It’s kind of silly how we cannot see Kobayashi’s overtakes and puncture as it wasn’t televised. The viewers can only see highlights of what was shown on the TV and nothing more. I know there is so much going on in the race this season so it’s hard to look at what everything so it would make sense for viewers to see what has happened elsewhere on the track.

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