Kobayashi Blames Warmer Temperature After Missing Out on Q3 in Montreal


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

 

Kamui Kobayashi said that the warmer temperatures in Canada was the reason for his Sauber team failing to get either driver into Q3 today.

After finishing Friday practice as the sixth fastest driver, Kobayashi would have started qualifying today hoping to get a top ten grid slot, but had to settle for eleventh.

“It was very tight today, I missed Q3 by 0.008 seconds,” said the Japanese driver. “Nevertheless I think on Friday in free practice, when it was cooler, we looked more competitive than today. The car's balance was good yesterday and we didn't change it. Also my fastest lap was fine, and there were no mistakes. I think this was pretty much what I could achieve today. Apparently the others improved in comparison to us.

“For the race I think to me the tyres look quite stable, so that is not a worry. High temperatures are predicted for Sunday and overtaking is possible here on the long straight with DRS, so I think we can look forward to an exciting Canadian Grand Prix.“

Team-mate Sergio Perez had to settle for P15 today after getting it wrong on his first flying lap during Q2.

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“Having qualified only 15th is a big disappointment for me, as certainly a place in the top ten would have been possible,” said the Mexican. “Unfortunately on the first lap of my last run with new super soft tyres I flat spotted them when braking into turn 8. The car was then vibrating a lot, which meant I could hardly see the braking points.

“It is obviously a difficult position to start from, but it is still my target to score points tomorrow.”

Despite being disappointed with his team’s result today, team principal Peter Sauber thinks that his drivers have the ability to collect points tomorrow.

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“On the one hand I'm disappointed because we couldn't make it into the top ten qualifying, but on the other it's incredible to see how close the competition is,” he said. “In Q2 Kamui was in P11 and just half a second away from Sebastian Vettel who was quickest. Both our drivers have proved in the past they can overtake, so we are looking forward to an exciting race.”

 

 

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“It was very tight today, I missed Q3 by 0.008 seconds. Nevertheless I think on Friday in free practice, when it was cooler, we looked more competitive than today. The car's balance was good yesterday and we didn't change it. Also my fastest lap was fine, and there were no mistakes. I think this was pretty much what I could achieve today. Apparently the others improved in comparison to us. For the race I think to me the tyres look quite stable, so that is not a worry. High temperatures are predicted for Sunday and overtaking is possible here on the long straight with DRS, so I think we can look forward to an exciting Canadian Grand Prix.“