Sauber duo say car simply too slow to score points in the Bahrain GP

Sauber drivers Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi said their car was simply to slow to get into the points in the Bahrain Grand Prix, and that no amount of strategic variations would have given them a chance to improve on their eventual 11th and 13th positions

Sauber duo say car simply too slow to score points in the Bahrain GP

Just a week after Kobayashi started third in China, and two races on from Perez's near-win in Malaysia, Sauber was at the tail of the top 10 at Sakhir.

Kobayashi could not sustain his intended two-stop strategy and fell to 13th when he had to make an additional tyre change near the end, while Perez was only 11th.

"We knew this circuit would not be an easy one for us and we were just too slow today," said Perez. "We tried both strategies and split them between the cars but today there was nothing that could have really helped us.

"I had a lot of tyre degradation and due to a problem at the pitstop we lost a place and a point to Michael [Schumacher]."

Kobayashi was dropping down the order even before having to make his extra pitstop.

"The tyres degraded quicker than we hoped and I had to do three stops as well, with the last one seven laps before the end," he said.

"I can't see anything that we could have actually done better in today's race. Our problem was a general lack of speed and we will work hard to fix it."

Sauber's head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara argued that the biggest issue was that the cars did not make good enough starts.

"The key point of the race was on lap one when we lost positions. The start was possibly not so good. That's something we have to look into," said Dall'Ara. "From that point on we were unable to recover."

shares
comments
Kimi Raikkonen hopes he will fight for wins again this season

Previous article

Kimi Raikkonen hopes he will fight for wins again this season

Next article

Bahrain Sunday quotes: HRT

Bahrain Sunday quotes: HRT
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Racing Point , Sauber
How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean? Plus

How long can F1 2021's brewing title battle stay clean?

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have been evenly matched so far in the 2021 Formula 1 title race. Neither has been afraid to get aggressive against each other on track, teeing up an enthralling contest as the year unwinds. But is their rivalry destined to end in broken shards of carbon fibre?

What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight Plus

What the Spain result tells F1 about the next phase of the Mercedes/Red Bull title fight

OPINION: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have recovered from their pre-season woes to take three wins from the opening four races of 2021. But each time Red Bull and Max Verstappen have pushed them hard. So, what clues did the latest round of that battle – the Spanish Grand Prix – tease about the next stage of the season?

Formula 1
May 12, 2021
How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner Plus

How Brabham’s one-hit wonder was boxed into a corner

The Brabham BT46B raced once, won once, then vanished – or did it? STUART CODLING reveals the story of the car which was never actually banned…

Formula 1
May 11, 2021
The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle Plus

The changes Barcelona needs to provide a modern-day F1 spectacle

Formula 1’s visits to Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over recent years have been met with familiar criticisms despite tweaks here and there to the track to improve racing. With the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix largely going the same way, proper solutions need to be followed to achieve F1’s wider targets

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Often described as Formula 1's laboratory, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona gave the clearest demonstration yet of the pecking order in 2021. And it's the key discrepancies from that order which illuminate who is excelling, and who needs to hit the reset button

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain Plus

How Red Bull’s deja vu set Hamilton on the winning path in Spain

An aggressive first corner move from Max Verstappen appeared to have set the Red Bull driver on course for victory in the Spanish Grand Prix. But canny strategy from Mercedes - combined with the absence of Red Bull's number two from the lead group - allowed Lewis Hamilton to pull off a demoralising reversal

Formula 1
May 10, 2021
The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey Plus

The toe-in-water origins of Lotus’s groundbreaking F1 journey

In the first part of our history of Lotus, DAMIEN SMITH recalls how Formula 1 wasn’t an immediate priority for team founder Colin Chapman – but once he got a taste for it he just couldn’t stop…

Formula 1
May 9, 2021
How Hamilton’s qualifying record compares to Senna and Schumacher Plus

How Hamilton’s qualifying record compares to Senna and Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton has just become the first driver to record 100 world championship Formula 1 pole positions. Time to revisit a debate we discussed when he reached 150 front row starts in 2020.

Formula 1
May 8, 2021