Kobayashi sixth despite having no KERS
5 November 2012 – Kamui Kobayashi put on a highly commendable performance to finish sixth in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Japanese driver, who had started 15th, collected the eight points despite not having the use of KERS. Ahead of 2013, he continues to look for sponsors which will be a critical part in deciding whether or not he stays at Sauber.
“It was a very tough race and I’m really happy I was able to get those eight points for the team,” he said, having also moved to within eight points of team-mate Sergio Pérez, despite the latter picking up two more podium finishes. “To fight for fifth place in the Constructors’ Championship in the remaining two races will be very exciting.
“Unfortunately, I could not use the full performance of the car. There was a problem with downshifting, which meant I could not recharge the KERS properly and didn’t have full boost. Otherwise my race went well; I had a good start, while the team did a great job in terms of timing, strategy and the pit-stop.”
With just the American and Brazilian events to go in 2012, Sauber sits only 12 points behind Mercedes-Benz for a top five position in the standings. The silver arrows have now failed to score points for four straight Grands Prix.