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Ecstatic Sauber dismisses 'conspiracy' talk

The Sauber F1 team were overjoyed with their best ever result after claiming with second place in Malaysia - and no wild conspiracy theories were going to bring them down.
The winner of the Malaysian Grand Prix might have been Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, but without question the driver of the day and man of the hour was Sauber's Sergio Perez, who seized on the wildly changing conditions at Sepang and drove out of his skin to claim second place.

"It is a great day for me," he beamed. "The team did a very good job and I feel very happy for them. It is a really nice feeling to have been on the podium here!"

"What a great result!" said a still-stunned team owner Peter Sauber. "Sergio drove an outstanding race and rose above our expectations," he said, adding: "It was a great and important day for the team.

"What surprised me most was the fact that he was very competitive in all conditions and with all tyres," he continued. "Whether they were wet, intermediate or dry tyres he was always one of the fastest drivers on track if not the fastest."

"It was a very strong race for our team," said Giampaolo Dall'Ara, Sauber's head of track engineering. "We made a good call on the weather conditions, and then Sergio took over. He drove a brilliant race. His pace was excellent on a wet and dry track."

As brilliant as second place was for the team, Perez couldn't help but mull over the missed opportunity for an even more famous success that had been so tantalisingly close.

"I think victory was also within reach," he said. "Twice in the race I was catching Fernando. On the final stint, when I was on the hard tyre compound, my tyres had degraded quite a lot. It wasn't easy and I went wide and touched a curb. I actually was lucky not to go off.

The off came shortly after Perez had been contacted over the team radio and told: "Checo, be careful, we need this position." The message seemed laden with some sort of deeper meaning, and commentators and conspiracy theorists kicked into high gear with speculation that Sauber were transmitting covert team orders to their driver.

Sauber's cars are powered by Ferrari engines, and there would be no better way of screwing up a business partnership than by publicly embarrassing the senior party by blasting straight past them. But Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn denied that there were any such thoughts going on in the team at any point of the Grand Prix.





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Funky_j - Unregistered

March 25, 2012 6:46 PM

Conspiracy????? What a load of rubbish. How many races has a Renault powered car (such as a red bull) beaten the Renault factory cars? How many times has a Mercedes powered car (eg Mclaren ) beaten Mercedes factory team. We don't hear people crying about conspiracy theories then so why now?

DBL

March 25, 2012 6:46 PM

You've got to be a bit simple to think there's any type of conspiracy. They were probably thinking of Maldonado's last lap brain fart in Melbourne, so go easy Sergio. In other words, DRS move only down the main straight, don't risk one unexpectedly up the inside in another corner. The radio message was from the previous lap, way before his off, probably after his DRS go. No driver would do what he did if they were asked to slow down, they would just slow down.



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