Sauber's Sergio Perez was left ruing a wrong tyre choice that left him 17th following qualifying today for the British GP.
Perez had been looking good in Q2 and was quickest when the session was red flagged due to heavy rain. However when it was re-started 92 minutes later, Sauber gambled by sending both of its drivers out on intermediates and with conditions still very wet, it back fired with Perez and team-mate, Kamui Kobayashi both eliminated.
“We made the wrong decision when we went for intermediates instead of rain tyres after the break, but I also had traffic,” Perez explained. “I was driving behind Daniel Ricciardo and could hardly see anything. It is such a shame because we clearly had the pace to fight for a top position here. However, we made a mistake and now have to try hard to recover from that in the race.”
Kobayashi was also frustrated and while he did pit and switch to wets, he also failed to make it through and was only 12th. He will drop to 17th though, behind his team-mate, as a result of the five-place grid penalty he picked up in Valencia folowing his collision with Felipe Massa.
“We started on intermediate tyres after the break and this proved to be the wrong decision,” Kobayashi added. “I pitted and changed to rain tyres, but then I only had time for one flying lap and in the difficult conditions this wasn't enough to improve as much as I needed to make it into Q3.
“Before that we had a very good chance of fighting for a top position. Our pace was really good in the wet. It is a missed opportunity. For tomorrow's race I don't really care whether it's wet or dry. I'll be starting a long way down the grid and will fight as hard as I can.”
“In the end clearly we made the wrong call,” summarised Sauber's head of track engineering, Giampaolo Dall'Ara. “It was a good session up to then. As we had stopped for so long we were expecting the track to be in a better condition. We made a call for intermediates, which we thought would be okay, but it was the wrong call.
“We definitely had the car to be at the front today and the drivers were also doing a very good job.”