Sauber held on to seventh in the constructors’ championship.
|Kamui Kobayashi||Sergio Perez|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’14.129 (-0.053)||1’14.182|
Sauber drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Pit stop 1||Soft 25.117s|
|Pit stop 2||Medium 21.231s|
Kobayashi admitted he had difficulty just reaching Q2 in the Sauber: “I was really fighting on every lap. It was tight to get into Q2 because already in Q1 it was difficult to warm up the tyres.”
Kobayashi struck an important blow in the constructors’ championship battle with Toro Rosso, splitting the two drivers. He then jumped Sebastien Buemi at the first round of pit stops.
“The team did a very good job to recover from a really bad qualifying,” he said. “I had a good start and also a good race pace. We worked a lot on the race pace and I’m happy that I was able to score in the final two races of the season. It was important for us to finish ahead of Toro Rosso and I’m glad we managed to do that.”
After several point-less finished in the middle of the season, Kobayashi has now scored in the last two races, which helped Sauber secure seventh in the constructors’ championship.
|Pit stop 1||Soft 22.221s|
|Pit stop 2||Medium 21.337s|
Perez struggled on his way to 16th in qualifying: “The main problem for me was that the car was so inconsistent: every lap was different, and I couldn’t get temperature into the tyres.”
He was one of several drivers who set his car up expecting rain on Sunday, and found the car less well suited to the dry conditions.
“The rear tyres tended to overheat,” he said. “The car was quite difficult to drive and I’m sorry for the spin at half distance.”
2011 Brazilian Grand Prix
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