Kobayashi bemoans lack of dry weather pace

Kobayashi bemoans lack of dry weather pace

13 June 2011 – Kamui Kobayashi was disappointed with the speed of his Sauber C30 in dry weather conditions at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday, falling down the order as the field switched to slick tyres towards the end of the race. The Japanese driver was running as high as second behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel at the restart on Lap 41, but ultimately slipped back to seventh place when the track surface dried up.

"We have scored points and in the end this is most important," Kobayashi said. "We have proved we are good in the wet, but when the track became dry my pace wasn’t good enough to defend my position.

"Originally I qualified 13th so then it is not bad to finish seventh, but on the other hand I started second after the long red flag and looking from there the result is disappointing. I really tried to bring the car home in a better position, but it didn’t work out."

Temporary team-mate Pedro de la Rosa added: "First of all I want to thank the FIA. It stopped the race when it became too dangerous and I think every safety car call was right. Before the red flag it became impossible to drive. You could not see anything and I was aquaplaning in every gear.

"However, I came from 17th and resumed the race in ninth behind the safety car. But just before the restart Jenson (Button) and I touched and I had to pit because of a damaged front wing. This ruined my race, I lost many positions, and I even lost a few more later when I got stuck in first gear. On top of that I lost time due to some backmarkers.

"I tried to recover from this as well as possible, but points were then out of reach. I must say it could have been a lot better today, but also the team made very good pit calls, so thanks for this. It was an extremely eventful race, especially for somebody who had just stepped into a car at short notice. I will not forget these days here, this is for sure."

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