Sauber: Perez salvages a point from hectic race

2011 Singapore GP team review

Contact with Michael Schumacher and Bruno Senna failed to keep Sergio Perez from the top ten.

Kamui Kobayashi Sergio Perez
Qualifying position 17 11
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’48.054 (+0.337) 1’47.717
Race position 14 10
Laps 59/61 60/61
Pit stops 3 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
Kamui Kobayashi 131.255 120.154 118.772 119.114 118.818 118.368 119.624 118.735 118.574 120.339 121.02 119.083 120.072 121.336 119.52 127.081 136.848 115.555 114.876 115.548 117.188 117.098 117.196 117.539 117.069 117.109 119.256 118.394 146.179 169.063 167.681 160.711 115.961 115.218 114.626 116.103 116.338 113.346 113.284 121.482 134.377 121.778 115.269 115.005 115.977 117.48 114.402 115.545 118.891 116.172 116.046 116.374 125.728 137.761 112.826 111.329 113.101 115.926 120.793
Sergio Perez 128.277 118.627 118.125 117.637 117.492 117.009 116.97 116.975 117.226 118.07 117.761 117.967 119.07 119.834 129.367 137.312 115.252 115.178 115.116 116.556 116.622 115.9 115.489 116.223 115.402 116.172 117.354 116.795 139.982 165.898 124.463 116.807 140.499 119.033 118.835 117.705 115.794 115.451 115.353 115.458 114.928 114.615 115.332 114.834 115.301 114.944 115.429 114.855 115.43 116.147 115.92 115.208 115.512 116.237 117.018 117.094 117.428 117.921 119.072 122.372

Kamui Kobayashi

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 30.464s
Pit stop 2 Super soft 31.602s
Pit stop 3 Super soft 30.869s

Looked ragged through the turn ten chicane in practice. It caught him out in qualifying, planting the Sauber into the barriers and leaving him 17th on the grid.

Kobayashi ran an unusual strategy, starting on softs then taking a second set, before switching to super softs during the safety car period.

He couldn’t make it to the end without a further stop but his race was spoiled anyway for a drive-through notice for not paying sufficient attention to blue flags.

He said he was “very surprised” by the penalty, adding: “I didn?t see any blue flags.”

Kamui Kobayashi 2011 form guide

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Singapore, 2011

Sergio Perez, Sauber, Singapore, 2011

Start tyre Super soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 30.81s
Pit stop 2 Soft 33.344s

Missed out on Q3 by a tenth of a second, lining up 11th on the grid.

Having started on super soft tyres, he moved up to ninth and was battling for position with the Mercedes drivers.

He swapped places with Nico Rosberg before Michael Schumacher crashed into him at turn eight in a move Perez described as “too optimistic”. Perez suffered a puncture, but was able to pit under the safety car without losing a position.

The next assault came from Bruno Senna, who had been mistakenly informed by his team that he was racing Perez for position, despite actually behind a lap behind.

Nonetheless he completed the second half of the race on a set of soft tyres. He started the final lap in ninth, but was passed by the recovering Felipe Massa, who was around two seconds per laps faster at the time.

Sergio Perez 2011 form guide

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15 comments on Sauber: Perez salvages a point from hectic race

  1. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 26th September 2011, 13:13

    Perez had a brilliant weekend. Very pleased with his performance. As much as I like Nico Rosberg, I still think he should have conceded Sergio’s place back to him after he’d shoved him off. It’s also a relief that Schumacher didn’t compromise his race too much and that he was able to salvage a point from it all.

    Bit of a shame for Kamui. His mistake in Qualifying pretty much destroyed his weekend. I still have a lot of faith in him putting on another spectacular performance at his home race in Japan.

  2. “I didn’t see any blue flags.”
    He attributed his overtaking skills to his small eyes and the above is a flip side of it ;)

    • Mr draw said on 26th September 2011, 14:17

      Blue flags? There were blue lights all over the place.

      • If I remember well, KK was at that point chasing cars that were a lap down from himself (after the SC period).

        I thought that was why he did not care about blue flags (interpreting them as being shown for the guys in front of him).

        But not even seeing them… :-)

  3. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 26th September 2011, 13:38

    Kamui is a great character. I’m sure he was too busy racing to see those flags, but maybe that was the whole problem!

    Perez is doing well again, the Sauber has lost a bit compared to, especially, FI since earlier in the year but he is consistent, and has been able to get reasonable to good results despite it.

    It still seems they are stuck in their 7th spot in the WCC and might have to fight to hang on to that. Still, last year they ended 8th, with a points total they look to equal or better. Of course, it is partly Williams falling away from their 2010 6th that brings both FI and Sauber forward.

  4. Joey-Poey (@joey-poey) said on 26th September 2011, 14:01

    his race was spoiled anyway for a drive-through notice for not paying sufficient attention to blue flags.

    He was he was “very surprised” by the penalty, adding: “I didn’t see any blue flags.”

    First, you’ve got an extra “he was” in there. ;)

    Second, Kamui, I love ya bud, but that’s one of the best “derp” quotes of this year X)

  5. F1fan889 said on 26th September 2011, 16:36

    I’m really surprised by the consistency of Perez race laptimes…

  6. When Perez and Rosberg were battling to T1 did anyone see Perez make two moves to the left? I was sure I did but maybe I was wrong as it was never mentioned.

    Anyway, great weekend from Sergio. I’m still not convinced at all about Kobayashi’s pace but Perez is doing really well which is nice to see.

  7. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 27th September 2011, 3:30

    Good run by Perez dispite his run with Schumacher.

  8. JustinF1 (@justinf1) said on 27th September 2011, 4:15

    I am a huge Sergio Pérez fan,. He has been doing incredible this season as a rookie. Incredible tyre preservation at Singapore and Australia,. I also used to be a schumi fan until his last incident with Sergio. I was so relieved to see Sergio continue on from both
    near both Schumacher and Rosberg.

  9. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 27th September 2011, 7:57

    Always a shame to see a driver in the wall and perhaps I was a little optimistic in hoping that Kobayashi would turn a terrible qualifying into a top race performance. Perez was very lucky in his incident with Schumacher, that could have ended his race quite easily.

  10. He started the final lap in ninth, but was passed by the recovering Felipe Massa, who was around two seconds per laps faster at the time.

    Massa was over 10 seconds behind at one point and 4 laps later was just over 1 second behind, just before Alguersuari’s crash, which was brilliant, but Perez was unlucky as he had a great race and was passed in the end.

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