Strong Abu Dhabi memories for Sauber drivers
29 October 2012 – Both Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez head back to Yas Marina with a certain optimism, as the duo have enjoyed some of their best motorsport races at the track. In 2009, the former impressed with Toyota by overtaking new World Champion Jenson Button, whereas the latter dominated when racing in GP2 a year later.
“For me, Abu Dhabi is a special race because it was only my second Grand Prix back in 2009 - and actually a very good one as I was able to score points,” Kobayashi says, having already diced with Button in Brazil two weeks earlier. “Something we need to bear in mind is that there are no GP2 cars running this year between our session, which means the track can be quite dusty again each time our sessions start.”
Since signing for McLaren ahead of next year, Pérez is yet to score for Sauber.
“Abu Dhabi is a very special place for me,” the Mexican comments. “It was there where I jumped into a Formula 1 car for the very first time. This was only two years ago, but it feels as if this test took place ages ago. Time goes by very quickly in Formula 1. I had worked so hard to get into that cockpit and I remember very well all the special emotions attached to that moment.
“It had been a great race weekend back in 2010 anyway, because I had won the GP2 race on Saturday by a good margin of over 20 seconds.”
With three races to go in 2012, Sauber remains sixth in the championship and 20 points behind Mercedes which has now failed to score for three straight races.