2011 Belgian GP team review
Collisions with other cars defined the races of both the Sauber drivers.
|Kamui Kobayashi||Sergio Perez|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||2’04.757 (+0.132)||2’04.625|
Sauber drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Kobayashi missed out on Q3 by a tenth of a second and lined up 12th. But he avoided the carnage at the start and after Sergio Perez and Sebastien Buemi collided he was up to sixth, though carrying some front wing damage.
On lap 13 Lewis Hamilton passed him but the pair touched going into Les Combes, putting Hamilton in the barriers. Kobayashi continued and later said: “I knew perfectly well he was faster than me so had no reason to fight with him.” Hamilton accepted blame for the accident.
He made his first pit stop shortly after and ran a long middle stint on softs in an attempt to make up places. But he finished out of the points in 12th.
Perez reached Q3 for the third time this year: “In Q3, when I was on dry tyres for the first time in today’s qualifying and obviously using the soft compound, the track was drying quickly with the conditions improving every single lap.
“In Q1 and Q2 especially it wasn’t easy with the car being set up for the dry conditions.”
He ran seventh at the start before tangling with Sebastien Buemi: “On lap five I was in seventh when Sebastien Buemi changed his line in front of me under braking, I tried to avoid hitting him but couldn’t as I had lost downforce.”
The stewards didn’t see it that way and handed Perez a drive-through penalty – his fourth of the year.
He served the penalty but retired later with a broken rear axle: “I had just overtaken Bruno Senna when I felt there was something seriously wrong at the back of the car, so I drove it carefully back to the pits and that was it for today.”
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