Monisha Kaltenborn said something back in Suzuka which I found very interesting. I don’t remember the exact words, but she said something like:
“If you look at most of the podiums we had, he had the better qualifying. Through that, he has certain restraints on the tyres, on the strategy, and with the other car you can simply take a risk: and the risk worked out and paid off. So you have to be careful when you start comparing our drivers. I think he has been unlucky this year and it was about time he started being lucky.”
“He” in this context is Kamui Kobayashi.
It’s certainly got a great deal of truth in it when you look at it. They’re more likely to play it safe from a Q3 start, than if your’e doing a Q2 start. Interestingly, Sergio’s points (and podiums) have all come from outside the top 10. He has never once scored when he has made Q3.