Kamui Kobayashi has vowed not to give up even though he was unable to make it through the first part of qualifying for Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.
It was the Japanese driver's worst quali performance of the season and the first time this year he has not made it through to the second session, a stark contrast to the last two events where he progressed through to the top-ten shootout and was even good enough to qualify on the front row in Belgium. He now faces a tough race and is aware points will be hard to come by.
“We have tried everything but could not get rid of the huge oversteer. I have no confidence in the car and this is really the last thing you want to have to cope with on such a street circuit,” said the Sauber man.
“The problem I have here reminds me somehow of the one I had in Budapest, where I also struggled with the car. Given how the car is, I don't see how I can recover in the race from where I am starting.
“But I will not give up, this is certain. Sometimes a safety car deployment or whatsoever can play into your hands and I still hope for the team that we can score some points.”
Sergio Perez, who took that fantastic second place finish in Italy earlier this month, meanwhile also struggled in the sister C31, although the Mexican did progress to Q2. He will start 14th.
“We have obviously had a difficult weekend here in Singapore. The main issue is that for some reason we didn't get our new package to work. This comes as a surprise because so far all the development steps have paid off,” Perez added.
“There is a lot of downforce missing. My last lap in Q2 was clear and I think I got the most out of it. We have tried a lot to improve the car's set-up and everything else, but it didn't work out.”
“This is obviously not the result we expected; it's really, really disappointing,” summarised team boss, Peter Sauber. “However, this result is all that we could achieve today. But the race is tomorrow, and this season has shown several times that we are able to score some strong results even when starting from lower positions.”