Sergio Perez, Sauber, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Sauber: Kobayashi crashes, Perez penalised

2011 Belgian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Collisions with other cars defined the races of both the Sauber drivers.

Kamui Kobayashi Sergio Perez
Qualifying position 12 9
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 2’04.757 (+0.132) 2’04.625
Race position 12
Laps 44/44 27/44
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
Kamui Kobayashi 125.298 117.522 117.754 117.658 118.337 116.505 116.553 117.815 117.531 117.457 118.258 118.221 134.353 157.676 179.005 167.064 116.492 117.493 116.623 115.492 115.643 115.842 115.608 116.068 116.123 115.831 115.309 115.968 119.257 126.889 114.339 113.877 114.232 114.127 113.871 114.049 113.96 114.023 114.283 116.719 114.999 114.55 114.051 114.144
Sergio Perez 123.78 117.702 117.097 116.99 134.815 132.095 116.782 115.471 115.082 114.625 114.96 115.079 131.115 147.147 171.906 168.813 117.981 117.77 116.006 115.407 115.427 119.557 124.95 129.47 114.54 114.244 196.805

Kamui Kobayashi

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.

Kamui Kobayashi 2011 form guide

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011
Sergio Perez, Sauber, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Sergio Perez

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.”

Sergio Perez 2011 form guide

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