Sauber must think carefully now, says Kobayashi
16 March 2012 – Kamui Kobayashi raised more than a few cheers in Melbourne on Friday, having narrowly escaped a large accident as his Sauber became out of shape exiting the final corner. The Japanese stresses that the team now has to choose its strategy in diligent fashion.
“I am pretty happy and I think, overall, the day went smoothly for us,” says the Japanese, now starting his third full season in Formula 1. “We used Intermediate and rain tyres as well as the Medium compound of the Slicks. Because of the changing track conditions, it was obviously not easy to learn much from today, so now we have to decide what to do and think carefully about the next steps for tomorrow.”
Kobayashi’s day ended in fifth position, with team-mate Sergio Pérez bettering that with a slot inside the top three runners.
“We made a good improvement from the first to the second session, but it is extremely difficult to deal with today’s information as the conditions were not at all consistent,” the Mexican explains. “The third free practice tomorrow will be very important. We have to watch how the conditions develop and then really get everything right for qualifying.”
During the off-season, Sauber suffered a significant blow as Technical Director James Key left the Swiss team. He is yet to announce his plans for 2012.