Another double points finish for Sauber
18 March 2012 – Sauber is celebrating a double points finish in Australia for the second year in a row, although the Swiss team is not expected to be disqualified for rear wing irregularities on this occasion. A usually aggressive drive for Kamui Kobayashi ended in sixth place, with Sergio Pérez using an unorthodox strategy to seal eighth.
“However, after the first lap I had improved two positions. I was on a two-stop strategy, with two sets of Softs in the beginning and the Medium compound for the last stint. With my second pit-stop I had bad luck with the timing because the Safety Car came out just after I had pitted. Then I was running in ninth position until the final lap when Pastor (Maldonado) crashed and Sergio had a battle with Nico (Rosberg). I went passed and finished sixth.”
Pérez was one of three drivers to start on the Medium compound tyre, making best use of a different race plan for the second consecutive Australian Grand Prix.
“I also had to save tyres, also for some time fuel, and I had to fight to defend my position. It really was a tough race for me. Then on the very last lap Pastor (Maldonado) crashed and I backed off because of the debris. But then Nico (Rosberg) overtook me, our cars touched and I had to finish the race with tyres that were completely gone. Of course I’m not happy to have lost my position on the final lap, but I am very happy for the team because finishing sixth and eight is a good start to the season.”