F1 » Anti-stall kicks Kobayashi's hopes

Kamui Kobayashi was hoping for better than 13th place at the end of his home Grand Prix, but problems with his start meant he lost positions and was always on the back foot.

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October 09, 2011 3:14 PM

Is there anyone else out there who thinks as I do that this "set clutch to 2, set diff to 4 etc, etc" is so much tosh and should be banned?
These guys are paid enough money to get it right without electronics that often go wrong.
No offence Koba, because you are all in the same boat.


October 09, 2011 9:34 PM

The state of tune of today's formula one engine is such that makes the anti stall system a must have.
I can assure readers that chances are out of ten starts (moving off from a standstill) there will be 7 stalls and that's not to mention the situation when a car comes to a sudden stop like in a spin.
It is not easy to move off (start the car rolling) unless it's a race start as there is hardly any power lower down the revs to move the weight of the car forward.
Today's formula one engines are designed to operate in a power band of 1500 to 17500 rpm with gear changing being done in a widow of 500 rpm (17500 to 18000 rpm where the engine is not producing any more power.

Morton - Unregistered

October 10, 2011 3:46 AM

I don't think it was the bad start that cost Kobayashi finishing in the top 10. It was his lack of ability to overtake cars in front of him and a bad strategy. The last 29 laps on one set of tyres was a bad idea. Considering his track position when the safety car was deployed, maybe, that was the only option, though. By the way I think he hasn't made any overtaking in the race for a while. He was saying he found it is difficult to overtake other cars than it was last year. Bizarre.

Daisuke K - Unregistered

October 10, 2011 7:05 AM

Start did not work, and Kamui's race strategy afterward did not work either...
Qualifying in 7th matters a lot,
but race result matters much more.

Unfortunate, to be simply put,
but what is Sauber team doing to
NOT recover Kamui's race position??

They should have pitted Kamui once more
to have him on softer tires,
then, he could have shown us his overtaking shows again, and finished in 9th or 10th.
(with both Saubers in points.)

Toward the end of the season, things seem to be working better for Perez,
who is a talented and favorable driver for sure,
who also funds Sauber team much more than Kamui.

Suzuka 2011 was the race, if seen in financially, that made me feel Kamui needs more and more Japanese money.


October 10, 2011 8:18 AM

How many times this year have you shouted at the TV because of Saubers crap strategy?
I think they could have been even higher this season with a Ross Brawn type brain in charge.
Come on Sauber get a grip!!

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