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Sauber takes heart in close qualifying

Neither Sauber car made it through to 3 on Saturday in Montreal, but the team was nonetheless finding consolation from just how close all the teams were in qualifying.
Sauber were left on the sidelines after Q2 in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on Saturday, but team principal was taking consolation from just how incredibly close all the teams had been during the session.

"On the one hand I'm disappointed because we couldn't make it into the top 10 qualifying, but on the other it's incredible to see how close the competition is," said team principal Peter Sauber. "In Q2 Kamui was in P11 and just half a second away from Sebastian Vettel who was quickest."

Kamui Kobayashi missed out on ousting Jenson Button from going through to Q3 by an incredibly slender margin.

"It was very tight today, I missed Q3 by 0.008 seconds," he pointed out. "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."

"What we saw today was that the characteristics of this track with its special aerodynamic requirements reshuffled the order a bit," said Sauber's head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara. "But what we keep seeing repeated is that the pack is ultimately very close."

Less happy with the outcome was Sergio Perez, who admitted that only managing 15th place on the grid had been "is a big disappointment for me." He continued: "Certainly a place in the top 10 would have been possible."

So what had gone wrong for the young Mexican racer? "Unfortunately on the first lap of my last run with new super soft tyres I flat spotted them when braking into turn 8," he explained. "The car was then vibrating a lot, which meant I could hardly see the braking points."

But all was not lost for Perez, insisted Giampaolo Dall'Ara. "Sergio flat spotted the tyres and therefore couldn't get the maximum out of his car, but he proved in Monaco - where he started from the last row - that he can fight his way up the field. Because of this we still have good reasons to be positive for the race."

"It is obviously a difficult position to start from, but it is still my target to score points tomorrow," affirmed Perez.

"Both our drivers have proved in the past they can overtake, so we are looking forward to an exciting race," summed up Sauber himself.




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