Monaco GP: Sauber race report

Weather: sun and clouds, dry, 21-22o.C air, 33-38o.C track From 15th and 16th on the grid there wasn't much expected from the race, but both drivers started well and the situation improved significantly. However, before the first half of the ...

Weather: sun and clouds, dry, 21-22o.C air, 33-38o.C track

From 15th and 16th on the grid there wasn't much expected from the race, but both drivers started well and the situation improved significantly. However, before the first half of the Monaco Grand Prix both cars had retired due to technical problems.

Kamui Kobayashi: retired on lap 27 / position 5 / gearbox problem C29.01 / Ferrari 056

"It is a shame because our race pace was a lot better than our performance in qualifying. I think we again missed a chance to score points. My start was good. The first corner is never easy in Monaco, but it went alright. But then I wasn't able to shift up anymore. I just looked for a safe place to park the car and that was it."

Pedro de la Rosa: retired on lap 22 / position 5 / hydraulic problem C29.03 / Ferrari 056

"Obviously another race I wanted to finish. The car was okay at the beginning. At the start I stayed away from trouble, which was the main target, and then I was taking care of the tyres. We had a split strategy, which I think was good. I was on the softer compound, Kamui on the harder one. I was cruising behind Vitaly Petrov and waiting for my chance to push. But I was alarmed when I had a problem with the quick shift, and when the power steering became heavier and heavier it was clear I had a problem with the hydraulic system."

James Key, Technical Director:
"A disappointing end to a tough weekend, and one we wouldn't want to repeat. It was frustrating in many ways because our drivers were being held up in the race, and there was more to come from the car. We felt that a strategic call could help us to overtake some cars ahead. We split the strategies of our cars to take advantage of safety car situations. So we had left our options open for the race, but then we saw on the data that we had a significant increase of hydraulic temperatures on Pedro's car. Pedro reported that the steering had become particularly heavy. We pitted him and wanted to see what the problem was, but there was clearly a hydraulic pressure problem. We couldn't diagnose it quickly enough to get him back out again into the race. Just a few laps later there was a gearbox issue on Kamui's car. He lost a gear and then couldn't select the next one, which caused him to stop on the track. That problem is currently under investigation. We shall learn what we can from this weekend, but look forward to tracks where we think the car will work better and hope for a much more promising showing in Istanbul."

-source: sauber

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , Kamui Kobayashi , Vitaly Petrov
Teams Ferrari , Sauber