Sauber duo left empty-handed in India
28 October 2012 – Sauber drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez were both left extremely disappointed after Sunday's Indian Grand Prix, with the pair unable to score a single point. Kobayashi finished 14th after a clash with Pastor Maldonado while team-mate Pérez, who started from eighth, retired following an early right-rear puncture.
"The issue with Pastor Maldonado was a bit strange. He had overtaken me but then he suddenly came on my racing line again. I could not avoid contact. I think we should make sure we have a smooth weekend in Abu Dhabi and forget about this one here."
Pérez, who prematurely returned to the pit lane after 20 laps, was equally dejected:
"I wanted to recover the lost positions but touched Ricciardo’s front wing when I overtook him. The rear right tyre came off the rim and damaged something at the rear of the car. So my race was over after 20 laps."
As a result of Nico Hülkenberg's eighth place finish, Sauber's advantage over Force India in the Constructors' standings has been cut to 23 points.