The arrival of new technical director James Key at the helm did not bring about an instant change in Sauber’s fortunes: they completed seven laps in China compared to eight in Malaysia.
However that was partly due to Kamui Kobayashi’s elimination in the lap one pile-up, for which he was blameless.
|Pedro de la Rosa
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Pedro de la Rosa
He was one of few drivers to call the conditions correctly at the start of the race and stayed out on slick tyres. That elevated him to fourth place between Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov.
If his car hadn’t let him down he would probably have finished sixth. But on lap eight his C29 came to a halt.
The team haven’t said what caused the problem, but given they suffered engine problems on both cars in Sepang and de la Rosa said afterwards “I felt there was something wrong with the engine,” they may be being diplomatic.
Out-qualified his team mate with a healthy margin of almost six tenths of a second. But he was taken out of the race on the first lap by Vitantonio Liuzzi’s out-of-control Force India.
2010 Chinese Grand Prix