Split strategy fails (Sauber race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The C29s weren’t as quick at Hockenheim as they had been at Silverstone and neither driver was able to score points.

Pedro de la Rosa Kamui Kobayashi
Qualifying position 14 12
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’15.550 (+0.466) 1’15.084
Race position 14 11
Average race lap 1’20.348 (+0.403) 1’19.945
Laps 66/67 66/67
Pit stops 2 1

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Pedro de la Rosa

Sauber split their strategies again and this time it was de la Rosa to take the gamble of starting on the hard tyres.

It brought him up to seventh for several laps but after his pit stop he resumed in 14th. Now running on the super-soft tyres he looked quick and passed Nico H???lkenberg for 13th.

After that he was shaping up to pass Rubens Barrichello when he made a mistake at the final corner, leaving him defending his position from H???lkenberg once more.

He caught up to Barrichello again and tried to follow him past as he lapped Heikki Kovalainen but the Lotus driver turned in, plucking the front-left end plate off de la Rosa’s car.

He lost a place to H???lkenberg and pitted for a new front wing, leaving him 14th.

Compare Pedro de la Rosa’s form against his team mate in 2010

Kamui Kobayashi

Qualified 12th and moved up to tenth at the start. But he slipped out of the points during the pit stops and ended the race a frustrated 11th:

I am not really happy with today?s race. I felt a lack of grip on both sets of tyres, and tyre degradation started quite early on. In qualifying the balance of the car was definitely better than today. However, I had a good start and made up two positions then. The crew did a good pit stop. I tried to overtake Michael Schumacher, who was held up by a back marker, but then we ended up fighting on the straight and this is not really a strength of our car yet. Later I tried to fight Vitaly Petrov, but could not get by him either.
Kamui Kobayashi

Compare Kamui Kobayashi’s form against his team mate in 2010

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One comment on “Split strategy fails (Sauber race review)”

  1. Hopefully the C29 will be a bit more competitive in Hungary.

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