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.
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.