Sauber gutted after first-corner dramas
2 September 2012 – Sauber could have in Belgium, with Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez second and fourth on the grid. With strong straight-line speed underneath them, neither man was able to make the most of his car as both were affected by the La Source collision.
Kobayashi, whose brakes were smoking heavily before the start, made a slow getaway before being hit at the first corner. He later made three pit-stops and finished in a lowly 13th place, whereas Pérez was out on the spot at La Source.
Later in the afternoon, stewards announced that Romain Grosjean had received a ban for Monza as a result of causing the crash.
“It is very disappointing that, once again, factors beyond our control have ruined another race of ours,” said a dejected Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber CEO. “We have to take the positive out of this weekend that, if we don’t make mistakes and get the right qualifying, we can be right in front - and that has to be our target again for the next race.”
To worsen the situation for Sauber, which had been presented with a great opportunity to jump Mercedes for fifth in the Constructors’ Championship, rivals Force India today scored 13 points as Nico Hülkenberg and Paul di Resta finished fourth and tenth.