Sauber: Kobayashi helps team clinch seventh

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Sauber held on to seventh in the constructors’ championship.

Kamui KobayashiSergio Perez
Qualifying position1617
Qualifying time comparison (Q2)1’14.129 (-0.053)1’14.182
Race position913
Pit stops22

Sauber drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

Kamui Kobayashi90.91181.28281.25779.91679.85279.55779.81979.6979.64680.1479.5980.16579.76579.49679.43279.38379.59879.39479.37580.1183.68896.71378.74678.00878.27178.05677.95378.29878.31678.70878.54778.44478.45778.04578.45378.14978.08578.33178.49978.43978.91479.683.36792.15577.87577.82879.0178.24379.51379.04478.62678.34778.12778.20677.64478.00877.83678.02377.99877.78377.71278.21577.92279.79278.39978.03178.10779.07577.70177.89
Sergio Perez91.65281.40581.31680.5880.05380.05279.77879.78779.89279.85779.80880.34279.86580.04379.84379.87179.94580.03180.23985.13294.21779.07478.73578.4378.35778.60378.56778.34578.76279.12678.53879.36778.65278.63387.32478.95780.5180.35279.06378.89879.51479.69579.83683.50192.73678.67178.71478.62378.3778.45978.67978.73578.90378.40679.08678.42678.17478.14877.88978.09878.00577.93377.7878.37577.93278.38978.00278.28378.07878.188

Kamui Kobayashi

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Interlagos, 2011
Start tyreSoft
Pit stop 1Soft 25.117s
Pit stop 2Medium 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.

Kamui Kobayashi 2011 form guide

Sergio Perez

Start tyreSoft
Pit stop 1Soft 22.221s
Pit stop 2Medium 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.”

Sergio Perez 2011 form guide

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    9 comments on “Sauber: Kobayashi helps team clinch seventh”

    1. what a crucial drive by KOB. he pulled that performance out of the bag when the team needded it the most.

      1. Exactly @sato113! Very well done, mature driving by Kamui.

    2. Glad Kobayashi got some points in the last two races as he was starting to falter somewhat. It is a shame that Sauber just can’t keep up with the rate of development of the other teams. Well I assume that this is the problem and why they dropped off the pace towards the end of the season. After a great start to the season, albeit with some illegal wings, I thought they would be and should have been a lot further ahead of the Toro Rossos.

      1. Toro Rosso had some bad luck, too… In Spa both cars were looking for a strong race…

      2. They apparently decided not to pursue a true off-throttle blowing EBD. Possibly because the Ferrari engine doesn’t do it as well as the Renault or Mercedes (as the the Scuderia Ferrari contrasting pace in Silverstone+quali/race shows), so the gain wasn’t worth the cost for them, and they didn’t seem to expect the STR and FI to take off so well after the summer break.

        But it does mean their car is fundamentally sound, so next year they can evolve it, so that’s good.

    3. Any idea why KK’s 1st pit stop was so slow? 25.117s to Perez 22.221s & their 2nd pit stops were almost exact time

    4. “We need the points!!”

    5. I just hope next year the team can give them a good car as both the drivers are capable of fighting for the points every race.

    6. Great last effort by Kobayashi. To finish the last two races in the points when they’ve had a relatively dire second half of the season was great.

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