Pérez also had KERS problem
14 November 2011 – Sauber has revealed that, like Jenson Button at McLaren, Sergio Pérez encountered KERS difficulties during Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Mexican rookie started 11th on the grid at Yas Marina, only to be overhauled by team-mate Kamui Kobayashi, who had started 16th, for the final point. However, Sauber has now confirmed that the Japanese driver was allowed through.
“As a result of the early stop, we had to change the strategy. Our plan was to do two stints on Soft tyres and the final one on Medium but, under the circumstances, we fitted the medium at the first pit-stop and that worked okay. Sergio was able to get back in the points, but he then suffered a KERS problem and let Kamui by.”
Sauber heads to Brazil seventh in the Constructors’ Championship, just a single point ahead of Toro Rosso. Chances of stealing sixth place from Force India are now slim, as the Silverstone-based team has stretched out a sizeable advantage of 15 points.