The Sauber F1 teams very happy with the double point finish in Australian GP. In last year Sauber disqualified for rear wing illegal measurement. Sauber duo Kamui Kobayashi and his team-mate Sergio Pérez finished sixth and eighth respectively set valuable points in opening race.
Kamui Kobayashi very happy with sixth place and the luck man following escape nearly crashed into Bruno Senna and he ran whole race with a damaged rear wing.
“I am very happy – for the team and myself. Finishing sixth is a great start to the season. After the start I nearly crashed into Bruno (Senna) who spun in front of me. I was lucky to avoid hitting him, but at the same time Sergio could not avoid touching me and then I had to do the whole race with a damaged rear wing. This was very difficult and for sure cost car performance, Kobayashi said.”
However, after the first lap I had improved two positions. I was on a two stop strategy, with two sets of soft in the beginning and the medium compound for the last stint. With my second pit stop I had bad luck with the timing because the safety car came out just after I had pitted. Then I was running in ninth position until the ultimate lap when Pastor (Maldonado) crashed and Sergio had a battle with Nico (Rosberg). I went passed and finished sixth.”
Kobayashi’s team-mate Sergio Perez yesterday handed five place grid penalty following gear box change and he made better start today and finished eighth place.
“After I had to start last on the grid because of changing the gear box I knew I had to try everything to gain positions right after the start. I managed to get into 12th behind Kamui and touched his car while he had to avoid crashing into the Williams car in front of him. My front wing was then damaged and this was only one of the difficulties I had today during the race. Perez said”
“I also had to save tyres, also for some time fuel, and I had to fight to defend my position. It really was a tough race for me. Then on the very last lap Pastor (Maldonado) crashed and I backed off because of the debris. But then Nico (Rosberg) overtook me, our cars touched and I had to finish the race with tyres that were completely gone. Of course I’m not happy to have lost my position on the final lap, but I am very happy for the team because finishing sixth and eight is a good start to the season.“
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