Sauber fails to score for the first time
23 April 2012 – Bahrain saw Sauber miss out on a top ten finish for the first time in 2012, with Sergio Pérez and Kamui Kobayashi struggling to 11th and 13th places at Sakhir. On a day when effective tyre management was key, the Japanese suffered particularly badly and was forced to make a third, unscheduled pit-stop in the closing stages.
For Pérez, the result was in stark contrast to the likes of second place in Malaysia.
“We knew this circuit would not be an easy one for us and we were just too slow today,” the Mexican began. “We tried both strategies and split them between the cars but today there was nothing that could have really helped us. I had a lot of tyre degradation and, due to a problem at the pit-stop, we lost a place and a point to Michael (Schumacher) - he was very fast on the straights. I had no chance to get him. Next time we’ll do better again.”
Kobayashi’s afternoon got worse after a poor getaway.
“Well, for me the start was too slow,” he explained. “I had too much wheelspin and we will look into that. I started on a set of new Medium compound tyres and we tried a two-stop strategy, but in the end it didn’t work out. The tyres degraded quicker than we hoped and I had to do three stops as well, with the last one seven laps before the end. I can’t see anything that we could have actually done better in today’s race. Our problem was a general lack of speed and we will work hard to fix it.”
As a result, Sauber tumbles down to sixth in the Constructors’ Championship.