Sauber lamenting missed opportunities
25 June 2012 – Sauber endured a bruising afternoon in Valencia, with Kamui Kobayashi suffering two incidents which cost him a potential fourth place finish. Although Sergio Pérez scored two points with ninth position, Team Principal Peter Sauber was left disappointed.
From seventh on the grid, Kobayashi made a superb start to jump up three places. On Lap 20, he came into contact with Bruno Senna – an incident for which Senna was blamed – at Turn 7, forcing a pit-stop for a new front wing. After the Safety Car, he ran into Felipe Massa after the swing bridge and was duly handed a five-place grid drop penalty for Silverstone.
“From my perspective it was a race of missed opportunities,” Swiss team boss Sauber commented. “Things went against us today and in the end we had to be satisfied with getting just the two points Sergio scored. Kamui was unlucky when he was hit by Bruno Senna - he couldn’t benefit from his great qualifying performance.”
After eight of the 20 Formula 1 races in 2012, Sauber retains sixth place in the Constructors’ Championship and has extended its gap over Williams by one point to 15.