Sauber: Kobayashi ends seven-race drought

2011 Abu Dhabi GP team review

Kamui Kobayashi scored his first point since the German Grand Prix.

Kamui Kobayashi Sergio Perez
Qualifying position 16 11
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’41.240 (+0.366) 1’40.874
Race position 10 11
Laps 54/55 54/55
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
Kamui Kobayashi 120.621 111.144 111.742 112.543 114.261 126.007 107.913 108.989 109.747 111.554 108.03 108.183 108.254 108.536 107.743 107.48 107.633 107.88 107.161 107.507 107.647 107.191 107.395 107.192 106.792 107.185 107.158 107.018 107.26 107.337 107.853 107.544 109.688 128.629 105.617 105.15 105.175 105.654 104.646 104.78 104.607 104.546 104.68 104.969 104.51 103.997 103.521 103.944 103.658 103.806 104.688 104.253 104.187 108.212
Sergio Perez 118.422 112.14 132.619 110.033 109.215 109.279 109.599 110.617 110.804 110.071 108.822 109.932 109.978 109.531 108.65 108.595 108.206 107.933 108.22 108.581 108.182 107.727 108.263 108.062 107.888 107.483 109.074 125.089 106.769 105.15 105.294 105.757 105.267 105.324 105.301 104.924 105.462 105.296 105.142 104.737 104.566 104.842 105.255 105.313 104.973 105.795 107.395 106.208 105.723 107.002 105.372 105.283 106.416 105.157

Kamui Kobayashi

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Start tyre Medium
Pit stop 1 Soft 19.833s
Pit stop 2 Soft 23.108s

Kobayashi was four-tenths of a second off his team mate in qualifying which made a difference of five places – he started 16th.

Starting on the medium tyres, he slipped back initially and was demoted to 14th by Heikki Kovalainen on lap five. He pitted for softs soon after.

That began a long climb from the back of the field, which included passing his own team mate on lap 12, unseen by the cameras, while his team mate was on the harder tyres.

This proved a decisive pass as it was Kobayashi who ultimately came out on top in their battle for the final points place. “I have had a pretty long period without scoring and for me it was important to put an end to this,” he said.

Kamui Kobayashi 2011 form guide

Sergio Perez

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Medium 24.654s
Pit stop 2 Soft 19.979s

Perez was particularly pleased with his qualifying effort: “I?m very happy with 11th in qualifying. Everybody in the team did a good job.

“I did my fastest lap time in Q2 with a set of soft tyres I had used before in Q1.”

He made a good start, passing Paul di Resta, and was trying to pass the other Force India of Adrian Sutil at the hairpin when he was caught out by how quickly the pack slowed. He ran into the back of Sutil and broke his front wing.

Perez didn’t realise the extent of the damage first and at wasn’t until the end of the second lap that he came in for a replacement wing. That left him at the back of the pack with his team mate. Trying to minimise the damage to his race, the team put him on the medium compounds tyres.

He came in for his final pit stop on lap 27, switching back to softs. However his tyres went off towards the end of the stint – the loss of time aggravated by a KERS failure 12 laps from home – and he finished the race under pressure from Rubens Barrichello.

Sergio Perez 2011 form guide

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14 comments on Sauber: Kobayashi ends seven-race drought

  1. plutoniumhunter (@plutoniumhunter) said on 14th November 2011, 12:47

    This is starting to become Schumacher vs Rosberg-esque.

  2. Raveendhana (@raveendhana) said on 14th November 2011, 12:50

    with the current form and pace, i think toro rosso will overtake sauber in the championship.

  3. Raveendhana (@raveendhana) said on 14th November 2011, 12:58

    @plutoniumhunter both drivers are equally good so i feel the competition is on the expected lines, even though perez started to score points pretty late in the season.

  4. gwenouille (@gwenouille) said on 14th November 2011, 13:05

    After the McLaren boys, maybe my favourite pair of drivers !

    I liked the 4-way battle they both had together with the HRT, that was some kind of overcrowded multi-pass !

  5. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 14th November 2011, 13:19

    Great race for my guys. Shame they couldn’t get more than a point out of it, but at least Toro Rosso had a bit of misfortune!

    Very pleased to see Kamui back in the points – it’s been too long and he’s been unlucky in a lot of races since his last score. Also, he overtook TWO HRTs in ONE corner! Mark-out moment of the season so far for me.

  6. Mr draw said on 14th November 2011, 14:18

    Even with a crippled strategy and the loss of his KERS, Perez managed to finish in 11th position. Who knows what might have happened if he had a trouble-free race.

  7. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 15th November 2011, 13:41

    I still find it difficult to believe that Kobayashi has had such a huge points drought. Good to see him back up there.

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