2011 British GP team review
Mixed fortunes for the Sauber drivers as Perez takes seventh but Kobayashi endures a race to forget.
|Kamui Kobayashi||Sergio Perez|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’32.399 (-0.225)||1’32.624|
Sauber drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Smashed his car up badly in first practice – “I lost control on the wet astro turf” – but his mechanics had the car fixed in time for second practice.
Always dramatic when the track was slippery, Kobayashi reached Q3 for the third time the year an lined up eighth on the grid.
He held his position at the start until he was knocked into a spin by Michael Schumacher on lap eight, which cost him a place to Adrian Sutil.
Kobayashi pitted on lap 13 but made a slow getaway from his pit box and clipped Force India’s airlines as he tried to avoid hitting Pastor Maldonado.
He was given a stop-go penalty for the infraction and the team were fined €20,000 for an “unsafe release”.
The contact with Maldonado damaged his front wing, allowing Nick Heidfeld and Jaime Alguersuari to overtake him. He fell to 18th place after taking his penalty.
Three laps later the team noticed the car was losing oil and told him to stop. “I was very unlucky,” he said.
“I think there is not a lot for me to say about the accident with Michael. We were not side by side, and he obviously hit the rear of my car. From then on I had to drive with a damaged car.”
In a very close qualifying session Perez was less than four-hundredths of a second off reaching Q3, but ended up 12th.
He lost a place to Schumacher at the start but gained another from Maldonado a few laps later.
Perez stayed out of trouble and exploited Sauber’s usual tactic of stretching his stints out to make one fewer pit stop than most of the cars ahead.
He spent much of the final stint on Nico Rosberg’s tail. Although he was disappointed not to be able to pass Mercedes, he was satisfied with the result:
“Unfortunately I couldn’t overtake Nico. I was very close but he was too fast on the straights.
“Overall I am happy and now the difficult times are behind me. After the accident it took me time to get back into the rhythm of the season, and find the momentum I had before it. In two weeks’ time I shall be even stronger.
2011 British Grand Prix
- Adam watches an F1 race for the first time at Silverstone
- 2011 British Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Vote for your British Grand Prix driver of the weekend
- Red Bull: Webber made a number two driver again
- Ferrari back on form after poor start to 2011
- McLaren: Fuel and pit errors add to problems
- Renault: Heidfeld salvages points from poor weekend
- Mercedes pass Renault in the championship
- Force India squander points chance
- Sauber: Perez claims best-ever result
Image © Sauber F1 Team