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Kobayashi: My pace in the dry was not good enough

Kamui Kobayashi: Originally I qualified 13th so then it is not bad to finish seventh, but on the other hand I started second after the long red flag and looking from there the result is disappointing.

Kamui Kobayashi was left reflecting on what might have been in the F1 2011 Canadian Grand Prix.

The Sauber man got up to second in the first part of the race at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, having opted not to stop for tyres.

However on the re-start - more than 2 hours later – and in drying conditions he was unable to maintain his position and disappointingly he eventually slipped back to seventh, passed on the line by Felipe Massa.

“We have scored points and in the end this is most important. We have proved we are good in the wet, but when the track became dry my pace wasn't good enough to defend my position,” Kobayashi admitted.

“Originally I qualified 13th so then it is not bad to finish seventh, but on the other hand I started second after the long red flag and looking from there the result is disappointing. I really tried to bring the car home in a better position, but it didn't work out.”

Sauber technical director James Key meanwhile had similar mixed feelings at the conclusion of the seventh round in the championship.

“Overall this has been a pretty tough weekend with mixed fortunes. After some difficult practice sessions we hoped for a better showing in the race, and overall that's what we got,” he added.

“It was a good call from the drivers and the team to initially stay out and gain some positions. Kamui held his positions pretty well after the re-start, and all looked fairly reasonable on wet tyres.

“The change to intermediates went pretty well for Kamui, but I think safety cars and the dry conditions in the end put us at a slight disadvantage with some quicker cars coming from behind, and Kamui couldn't really defend against some of them. Sadly we ended up seventh.

“There was the potential for a better result, but then we can't complain because we started further back.

“Overall Kamui did a fantastic job keeping it all together under pressure. To get piped by a couple of hundredths at the line in the end was rather unfortunate, but we collected six points.”




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12.06.2011- Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30 leads Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
12.06.2011- Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30
12.06.2011- Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30 leads Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
12.06.2011- Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30 and Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
12.06.2011- Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30 spens
12.06.2011- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia and Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30

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furionese - Unregistered

June 13, 2011 4:50 PM

i had so many "what if's" in my thought during the entire race.. for a moment i actually thought race win could be possible, not in future or not until he gets a competitive car, but this year and in this very race! i never worried if he could score points in this race but for the first time i worried if he could win it! of course for that to happen we needed SV, JB or MW (or more) to retire/crash or somehow.. i guess i was too greedy to even think of it but he's growing faster than any of us anticipated. im certain he will finish on podium this year, perhaps more than once.



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