Turkish GP team-by-team: Sauber

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Sauber finally achieved their first double finish of 2010 – and scored their first point as well.

Pedro de la Rosa Kamui Kobayashi
Qualifying position 13 10
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’27.879 (+0.445) 1’27.434
Race position 11 10
Average race lap 1’32.992 (+0.005) 1’32.987
Laps 58/58 58/58
Pit stops 1 1

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Pedro de la Rosa

Felt the car’s balance improved as the race went on – but didn’t want to risk a tangle with his team mate:

Certainly I would have been fighting at the end if it hadn’t been my team mate in front of me. Our team needed desperately to bring both cars home and score this point. You have to be careful taking risks and this was not the time to attack and risk losing everything. It is better this point stays with us rather then going somewhere else. We finished this race being competitive and this is very good.
Pedro de la Rosa

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

Kamui Kobayashi

Made it into Q3 with a lap almost half a second faster than his team mate in Q2.

Adrian Sutil passed him on lap two, and though an early pit stop helped him get the place back he was jumped by Fernando Alonso.

Kobayashi was not as happy with his tyres at the end of the race as de la Rosa was and he was passed by Sutil again:

The car was better on the harder tyre compound, therefore we did a very short first stint on the softer ones. I pitted after ten laps and drove the rest of the race with the same set of tyres. In the end I could see from the car the canvas on the front right tyre. Therefore I started to be very careful, especially in turn 8, and that’s also the reason why I didn’t defend any harder against Adrian Sutil.
Kamui Kobayashi

Vitaly Petrov’s tangle with Alonso promoted Kobayashi to tenth, scoring his and Sauber’s first point of 2010.

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

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    6 comments on “Turkish GP team-by-team: Sauber”

    1. Good to see Sauber have a strong weekend at last. I always liked them in their original Red Bull/Petronas guise and I have a lot of respect for Peter Sauber for keeping the team going.

      Also, good to see a strong drive at last from Kobayashi!

      1. Ditto, let’s hope they can build on this and continue to pick up points regularly. Maybe then they can get some sponsorship!

    2. Why Sauber should merge with ART:

      1. Sponsorship!

      2. Sauber has always been close to Ferrari (fisi, kimi, massa), even their engines are italian stallions. because art owner nicolas todt manages bianchi at art and massa at prancing horse, sauber could once again be a training ground for drivers in the ferrari development programme such as bianchi.

      3. more personnel and funding

      1. I read (on the Dutch formule1.nl, but the reports are reported to be from a Spanish source), that Nicolas Todt has visited Hinwill to discuss this.

    3. Interesting idea.

    4. Also, Sauber’s test driver, Esteban Gutierrez, drives for ART in GP3, where he is leading the championship.

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