Sauber: Kobayashi out in Q1 but claims points

2011 German GP team review

The cool temperatures seemed to hurt Sauber but Kobayashi got back in the points at the Nurburgring.

Kamui Kobayashi Sergio Perez
Qualifying position 17 15
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’33.786 (+0.491) 1’33.295
Race position 9 11
Laps 59/60 59/60
Pit stops 2 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
Kamui Kobayashi 109.066 101.833 99.977 99.504 99.557 99.456 99.56 99.352 99.658 99.739 100.366 100.989 99.887 99.907 100.342 99.744 100.499 100.066 100.067 103.725 115.435 97.529 99.565 98.255 98.071 98.397 97.777 98.474 98.377 97.963 98.986 97.91 97.913 97.862 98.287 98.901 98.402 98.487 98.318 99.184 98.36 98.506 97.764 98.085 98.271 98.7 98.106 100.455 115.583 96.659 97.229 97.268 97.616 97.099 97.29 97.597 97.497 97.943 97.426
Sergio Perez 111.174 102.31 101.152 100.083 100.64 100.234 100.148 112.045 121.88 98.821 98.55 99.585 99.255 98.791 98.512 98.513 98.331 99.066 98.423 98.201 98.219 97.93 98.338 98.331 98.342 98.347 98.299 98.107 98.421 98.415 98.445 99.071 98.719 99.726 100.237 98.8 98.886 98.558 99.317 98.902 101.336 116.104 98.446 97.717 97.456 97.785 97.684 97.208 97.443 97.182 97.066 97.552 97.033 97.794 97.496 97.732 100.635 97.82 97.898
Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Nurburgring, 2011

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Nurburgring, 2011

Kamui Kobayashi

Was eliminated in Q1 for the second time this year as Sauber tried to make a single run in the first part of qualifying.

He gained five places on the first lap, using the outside line at the first corner to good effect. Two laps later – unseen by the cameras – he passed Rubens Barrichello for 11th.

He was now within striking range of Jenson Button’s McLaren, which was being held up by Vitaly Petrov.

Kobayashi made his first pit stop on lap 20, jumping ahead of Petrov, who ran a long first stint. That and Button’s retirement elevated Kobayashi to ninth at the flag for his first points since Montreal.

Kobayashi credited the team’s strategy afterwards, saying: “The fact that we have scored points is down to a very good pit stop strategy, I want to thank the team for an excellent job.

“I was able to overtake both Williams during the race, but it was impossible to get Michael [Schumacher]. He was way too fast on the straights.”

Kamui Kobayashi 2011 form guide

Sergio Perez

Perez was “not at all happy” with his showing at the Nurburgring: “Given our grid positions we knew it would be difficult to get some points today, but, as Kamui, has shown it was possible.

“I am angry with myself because I made a mistake on lap eight. I went off and was on the grass.

“This was why I had to pit early and change tyres. This obviously was not what was planned in the strategy.”

From last on lap nine, Perez climbed to finish 11th.

Sergio Perez 2011 form guide

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38 comments on Sauber: Kobayashi out in Q1 but claims points

  1. daykind said on 26th July 2011, 19:26

    These two look seriously good. Ferrari, RBR, McLaren, Mercedes, take note.

  2. ManjuBoy said on 27th July 2011, 0:03

    These guys are exciting and promising. Sauber has my favorite driver line up.

  3. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 27th July 2011, 13:07

    If there’s one thing Sauber excels at, it’s driver development. Some young drivers that have come from their ranks:

    Frentzen
    Heidfeld
    Raikkonen
    Massa
    Kubica (w/ BMW)
    Vettel (w/ BMW)
    Kobayashi
    Perez

    That is quite an impressive lineup. Not counting the current lineup, that’s 6 podium finishers, 5 of whom are race winners, 2 of whom are world champions (with another 2 being runners-up to the champion). That is quite an impressive achievement.

  4. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 27th July 2011, 21:48

    It really doesn’t bother me that much if Kobayashi qualifies badly anymore. You just know he’ll be 4-5 places up within a couple of laps and probably finish in the points at the end.

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