Kobayashi: Qualifying problem lost us a podium
14 May 2012 – Sauber collected another ten points in Spain on Sunday, with Kamui Kobayashi justifying his belief that the team was capable of managing a top five result. However, the Japanese is convinced that a maiden rostrum finish could have been possible. In the other car, Sergio Pérez ran into pit-stop trouble and was forced to retire.
“The team did a really great job and the update on our car works very well,” he said. “The pace in the race was a big improvement compared to the last race. I absolutely believe I could have made it onto the podium today if I had not been so unlucky in qualifying yesterday.
“If you start ninth you can be happy finishing fifth, but the car had more potential. I was in traffic and overtaking was not easy. I could not do it on the straights with the help of the DRS because there I wasn’t close enough. So I had to take some risks and do it in the corners. I damaged my tyres quite a lot in the last stint.
Five rounds into the 2012 Formula 1 season, Sauber sits seventh in the Constructors’ Championship and just two points behind Mercedes and Williams for fifth place.