Sauber: No points after tyre troubles

2011 Korean GP team review

Sauber struggled on Korea’s low-grip surface and couldn’t get the super soft tyres to work.

Kamui Kobayashi Sergio Perez
Qualifying position 14 17
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’38.775 (-0.668) 1’39.443
Race position 15 16
Laps 54/55 54/55
Pit stops 3 3

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
Kamui Kobayashi 116.406 108.852 108.467 107.699 107.527 107.334 108.443 106.982 106.858 110.665 123.863 105.464 105.4 105.645 107.297 117.278 136.415 115.03 155.281 152.143 107.316 107.794 106.857 111.716 125.422 104.221 104.445 105.906 104.44 105.16 104.83 104.328 104.038 104.181 103.961 103.354 103.315 104.053 103.161 103.343 103.835 108.202 119.328 102.236 102.08 102.632 105.254 102.779 102.66 102.663 102.673 103.88 107.632 102.763
Sergio Perez 119.004 108.711 108.767 108.064 107.608 107.486 107.034 107.306 107.42 106.899 106.698 106.536 106.011 106.186 106.672 115.905 153.803 114.979 154.858 152.461 107.027 105.383 104.526 104.53 104.761 104.799 104.414 104.138 104.223 104.077 104.317 104.251 104.197 104.561 105.346 110.732 120.421 103.059 102.425 102.573 103.049 103.328 103.129 102.966 103.43 103.028 103 103.288 104.003 104.422 104.963 105.243 116.962 120.918

Kamui Kobayashi

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Super soft 21.623s
Pit stop 2 Super soft 25.578s
Pit stop 3 Super soft 21.472s

Kobayashi said his qualifying position of 14th was an accurate reflection of the car’s potential: “The main problem is still a lack of grip, which is caused by a combination of factors. My lap as such in Q2 was okay, I can’t complain about traffic and didn’t make a mistake.”

Kobayashi started on soft tyres but discarded them for super softs after ten laps. He had already damaged his front wing in a collision with Sebastien Buemi and picked up more damage when he was squeezed by Rubens Barrichello and touched the back of Bruno Senna’s car.

“I also had some damage to the rear wing, but I don?t really know where this was from,” he added.

After pitting to change this front he wing on lap 24 he needed another stop to reach the end of the race which dropped him behind Heikki Kovalainen.

“There was obviously no chance to score points today,” he concluded. “We were just too slow, but we will go and work on it.”

Kamui Kobayashi 2011 form guide

Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez, Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Korea, 2011

Sergio Perez, Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Korea, 2011

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Super soft 21.225s
Pit stop 2 Super soft 21.385s
Pit stop 3 Super soft 21.971s

Perez described his qualifying as “very bad” and he started from 17th on the grid.

He started on the soft tyres but ran into difficulty after switching to the super softs. The problem intensified on the final lap when he locked up, damaging the tyre: “I had to pit and change them three laps before the end because the front right tyre had a hole in it, and you could see the casing.

“It was a shame, but there was no way I could have finished the race with those tyres.”

Sergio Perez 2011 form guide

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6 comments on Sauber: No points after tyre troubles

  1. Mr draw said on 17th October 2011, 13:02

    Sauber is quickly going downwards the last couple of races. They even lost the ability to preserve the tyres. :(

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 17th October 2011, 13:48

    I would love to see Kobayashi back at the higher end of the field. It just doesn’t seem right he’s been so far down on the last two occasions.

    • marco_ferrari said on 17th October 2011, 14:29

      Kobayashi is average since Canada… I never rated him very highly, so od I am not really surprised with his struggles even against less experienced Pérez…

      • Mike (@mike) said on 18th October 2011, 3:35

        Seems to me both of the Sauber drivers are struggling.

        Sauber has just been out developed. Hopefully because they got a head start on next years cars. God I hate the off season.

  3. Seyr (@seyr) said on 17th October 2011, 22:01

    I get the feeling Sauber have gone backwards due to a lack of development relative to the other mid fielders. Koba and Perez are probably overdriving to compensate and running into tire problems.

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