Sauber Monaco GP Race Report

Circuit de Monaco

Monaco GP – Race – Sunday, 29.05.2011

Weather: dry and sunny, 23-24°C air, 42-44°C track

After having a difficult time in qualifying Kamui Kobayashi improved from 12th on the grid to a fifth place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix. The Sauber F1 Team had planned a one-stop strategy, which worked perfectly well with Kobayashi being gentle enough with the super soft tyre compound to make the rubber last an extraordinarily long time. The result brings a positive end to what was a very difficult weekend for the Sauber F1 Team with Sergio Pérez’s heavy accident on Saturday. Also one of the accidents in the race caused the medical car to be called into action: the team wants to send its best wishes to Vitaly Petrov.

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber F1 Team
Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber F1 Team

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Kamui Kobayashi: 5th

Sauber C30-Ferrari (Chassis 04 / Ferrari 056) Tyres: Start soft, after 34 laps super soft, after 72 laps super soft
“I am very happy. I was struggling a lot in qualifying, but the team did a great job with the pit stop strategy today. The call for the tyre change came at a perfect time. It was no problem to go for such a long stint with the super soft tyres, and I think they would have lasted even longer. After the start I had problems with traffic, but then one after the other they stopped and it became better for me. After my one and only pit stop I was stuck behind Adrian Sutil, and at the same time I had to defend against Mark Webber. In this situation it was a bit difficult to manage the tyres. Without the restart I obviously could have finished fourth. But when Mark was so close behind me on the final laps there was nothing I could do to defend that place. However, I think fifth is a great achievement at the end of what was a difficult weekend.“

Once more Kamui drove a fantastic race, managing the tyres very well

Peter Sauber

Peter Sauber, Team Principal:

“Once more Kamui drove a fantastic race, managing the tyres very well, and the car was strong too. This is a result he has deserved for a long time. My compliments to Kamui, and also a big thank you to the whole team who prepared the car perfectly. I now hope we can start in Montreal with our regular driver pairing.”

James Key, Technical Director:

“As always in Monaco, a very eventful race for all concerned. We entered just one car for Kamui with Sergio not racing. Our hopes really relied on Kamui. We opted to go for a one stop strategy, starting on the new soft tyres, and we had a new set of super soft for the second stint. Fundamentally Kamui drove a good race. It’s great to bring points home in what has been a very mixed weekend, both in terms of performance and emotion with Checo’s crash. We can dedicate these points to him as a team and hope that we can get back to normal in Montreal.”

Source: Sauber

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Peter Sauber , Kamui Kobayashi , Adrian Sutil , Vitaly Petrov , Sergio Perez
Teams Ferrari , Sauber
Tags kobayashi, monaco gp, monte carlo, perez, sauber