Sauber Endure Difficult Qualifying Session in Korea


Kamui Kobayashi - Photo Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG
Kamui Kobayashi - Photo Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

 

Both Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez complained of sub-optimal set-ups as they qualified only fourteenth and seventeenth respectively for the Korean Grand Prix.

“We have had a difficult time here so far,” said Kobayashi. “Fourteenth on the grid is obviously not what we were hoping for, and we are quite far away from our competitors. The main problem is still a lack of grip, which is caused by a combination of factors.

“My lap as such in Q2 was okay, I can't complain about traffic and didn't make a mistake. It was pretty much the best I could achieve today. However, the race tomorrow will be a different story. Because of the changing weather from Friday, when it was wet, to today, we have very little experience of running on this circuit with the tyres we have here in dry conditions with high fuel loads. Regarding this, we will only learn more tomorrow and I hope it plays in our hands.”

Perez was disappointed with his qualifying session, and feels the need to go all-out for the race tomorrow.

“For me this was a very bad qualifying,” said the Mexican. “After our only dry running was this morning and also for me the track is new, I am not happy with the balance and the set-up of the car. I didn't feel at all confident in the car. My final lap in Q2 was particularly bad because I hadn't got the brake balance right and had the fronts locking. I now have a bad grid position and I think we should go for an aggressive race strategy.”