Sauber Drivers Head to Venue of Fond Memories as Constructors’ Battle Intensifies

Kamui Kobayashi at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last season - Photo Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG
Kamui Kobayashi at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last season - Photo Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG


The Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi holds fond memories for Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez and Sauber will be hoping that both drivers deliver in this weekend’s race as the team fight for sixth place in the constructors’ championship.

The team currently sit seventh, ten points behind Force India, and level on points with eighth place team Toro Rosso. With Abu Dhabi the penultimate race of the season, Sauber could finish in one of three positions.

As Kobayashi recalls, he has scored points at this venue before, and looks forward to possibly doing the same this season.

“Abu Dhabi is the track where I scored my first three Formula One championship points when I came sixth back in 2009,” he said. “It was only my second Grand Prix, and for sure I will never forget that. I also like the fact it is a twilight race. This makes it even more exciting for the spectators and also very demanding for us.

“The challenge doesn't really come from the changing light, but the track temperature drops significantly when the sun sets. This makes it quite difficult to adapt during the race. I also like the track layout and I think it is an exciting event and race for everybody.”

Perez is also a fan of the venue:

“I have only the best memories of Abu Dhabi,” says the Mexican. “There last year I had my first Formula One test, which obviously meant a lot to me. Also last year it was there where I competed in GP2 for the last time, and I won the race on Saturday by a good margin of over 20 seconds. Now I'm coming back with almost one year's experience in F1, and time goes by very quickly.

“I like the dry heat in the desert and it will be interesting to have the first experience with a race which starts in daylight and finishes in the dark. I am very much looking forward to that event and, as always, I'm absolutely determined to make the most out of it and score as many points as possible.”