Kamui Kobayashi, Jenson Button, Barcelona, 2011

Sauber: Kobayashi gets point after puncture

2011 Spanish GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sauber scored points with both cars for the first time this year.

The team had some aerodynamic changes on the C30 including revised front wings.

Kamui Kobayashi Sergio Perez
Qualifying position 14 12
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’23.702 (+0.335) 1’23.367
Race position 10 9
Laps 65/66 65/66
Pit stops 3 3

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 59 60 61
Kamui Kobayashi 117.59 115.192 92.575 92.592 92.49 92.564 92.812 92.433 92.532 92.775 93.583 93.735 94.279 92.879 93.193 92.285 92.338 92.669 93.402 92.705 93.326 92.576 92.519 92.467 97.319 107.742 89.741 89.86 88.911 90.333 91.041 89.453 90.423 89.428 89.707 89.553 90.569 89.555 90.027 89.829 90.207 90.584 92.212 94.533 107.963 87.636 88.314 88.435 87.713 87.947 89.386 87.615 88.172 89.264 89.104 91.855 91.044 88.672 88.499 88.95 90.118
Sergio Perez 101.433 93.462 92.783 92.668 92.343 92.046 96.176 113.566 92.481 91.926 93.918 94.836 93.989 92.061 92.392 92.53 92.506 92.398 93.305 93.427 92.041 91.868 92.001 92.351 92.464 92.484 92.684 93.368 97.626 106.339 88.462 88.313 88.406 88.83 88.765 91.954 90.03 90.352 91.246 90.979 90.093 90.126 89.882 90.745 90.047 90.661 94.55 106.747 87.84 87.889 88.137 88.178 89.417 90.571 87.247 88.259 88.385 89.522 89.353 90.354 93.523
Kamui Kobayashi, Jenson Button, Barcelona, 2011
Kamui Kobayashi, Jenson Button, Barcelona, 2011

Kamui Kobayashi

Was frustrated after being held up in qualifying: “On my last lap, when I was on new soft tyres, a Force India was in trouble in front of me, he made a mistake in turn ten and that was it for me. It is a shame because our new aero package is working well.”

He picked up a puncture in the first half of the opening lap. It’s not clear exactly what happened, but Kobayashi said: “I was pushed into the gravel and then another car touched me, which resulted in a left rear puncture.

“I had to pit and was relegated to last, which of course cost us a very good set of the soft tyres.”

He did a 24-lap stint on the hard tyres before switching back to softs. After that he made up a lot of places, passing Vitaly Petrov for 11th with ten laps to go, when became tenth after Felipe Massa retired.

Kamui Kobayashi 2011 form guide

Sergio Perez

Perez scored his first points (that he was allowed to keep) after a trouble-free race.

The team took the decision to use the hard tyres for his second stint, leaving him free to attack on soft tyres over the final two stints.

His lap times dropped off towards the end of his final run on soft tyres which, at 19 laps, was much longer than many other drivers managed. But he was unable to keep Nick Heidfeld from taking eighth.

Perez said: “My first points in Formula One are obviously something special for me, and it is good for the team that Kamui also scored.

“The team had a very good race strategy and did a perfect job at the pit stops. I feel that for me today is a turning point in this season.”

Sergio Perez 2011 form guide

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