Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Monaco, 2011

Sauber: Safety car helps Kobayashi to best finish

2011 Monaco GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sauber had only one car in the race after Sergio Perez was hospitalised on Saturday.

Kamui Kobayashi Sergio Perez
Qualifying position 13 10
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’15.973 (+0.491) 1’15.482
Race position 5
Laps 78/78 0/78
Pit stops 2

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 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78
Kamui Kobayashi 96.472 83.874 82.856 82.614 82.222 81.838 81.833 81.661 81.282 82.011 81.852 81.981 81.944 81.631 82.044 81.952 81.492 81.324 81.565 81.953 81.934 81.443 81.172 81.614 82.467 81.611 81.776 81.898 81.975 82.363 82.077 83.135 82.172 119.4 105.72 88.464 91.893 114.166 84.694 83.246 82.923 81.764 81.379 81.562 81.182 81.212 81.386 81.196 80.962 80.549 80.468 80.819 80.449 80.586 80.341 80.461 80.28 80.347 80.331 80.943 81.578 81.236 81.421 82.623 80.971 80.451 80.46 79.913 104.927 102.204 95.242 121.284 84.769 80.959 78.308 80.818 78.96
Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Monaco, 2011
Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Monaco, 2011

Kamui Kobayashi

Starting on soft tyres and running long on his first stint worked perfectly as Kobayashi was able to pit when the safety car came out for the first time, leaving him in fifth place.

He tried to pass Adrian Sutil for fourth on lap 64, knocked the Force India wide and took the place, for which the stewards later gave him a reprimand.

On the penultimate lap he cut the chicane while Mark Webber tried to pass, and yielded the position immediately as they ran towards Tabac.

Even so fifth place, with Hamilton on his tail, was the best result of his career so far.

Kamui Kobayashi 2011 form guide

Sergio Perez

Up until his accident, Perez had beaten his team mate for the fourth time out of six in qualifying and reached Q3 for the first time.

But on his first flying lap on super-soft tyres in the final session he crashed heavily at the chicane, suffering concussion which kept him out of the race.

He was released from hospital two days later with no broken bones.

Sergio Perez 2011 form guide

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