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Interview with Sauber drivers: Post 2012 Chinese Grand Prix

by Team ZigWheels Pics: Dppi Posted on 16 Apr 2012 62 Views

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After an outstanding qualifying performance ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix the race itself was disheartening for the Sauber F1 Team

 

kamui kobayashi

 

 

Kamui Kobayashi: 10th

Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)

Start on soft tyres, after 9 laps change to medium tyres, after 25 laps change to soft, and after 38 change to medium

“Of course after what we did in qualifying the race result is disappointing. I’m not really sure what happened at the start, my car just didn’t move, it was a bit strange and I lost positions immediately. Then I was stuck in traffic for most of the time, also we made the second pit stop a bit late and the tyres had gone. Quite often we have recovered in the race from a bad qualifying, but today it was the other way round. So we have proven we can be strong in both qualifying and race, and next time we will put this all together.”

 

 

Sergio Perez

 

 

Sergio Pérez: 11th

Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)

Start on soft tyres, after 16 laps change to medium tyres, after 35 laps to medium

“I must say I am very disappointed. I had a very good start, and for the entire first stint it really looked to be going very well for me. But then when I picked up the medium compound tyres I lost a lot of performance from lap 17 onwards. Actually I feel I would have been better off with a three stop strategy, but you never know. The pit stops as such were good, but at both I lost time at the launch because we had a problem with the clutch. However, this is racing and we will do better next time.“

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