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Sauber pair look to score

31 October 2012

Sauber pair Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi say they are eager to return to the points in Abu Dhabi after failing to score for the second successive race in India.

After the disappointment of Korea, the team again suffered at the Buddh International Circuit with Kobayashi down in 14th spot and Perez retiring with damage sustained by a puncture with just a third of the race run.

With just three races to go as the team seeks to try and steal fifth in the standings from Mercedes, a solid run this weekend will be vital to its chances, with Perez also keen to score as he looks to end his time with the team on a high.

“Abu Dhabi is a very special place for me,” he said. “It was there where I jumped into a Formula One car for the very first time. This was only two years ago, but it feels as if this test took place ages ago.

“Time goes by very quickly in Formula One. I had worked so hard to get into this cockpit and I remember very well all the special emotions attached to that moment. It had been a great race weekend back in 2010 anyway, because I had won the GP2 race on Saturday by a good margin of over 20 seconds.

“In 2012 the Grand Prix will be one of my last races for the team which gave me the chance to get into F1. I will give my utmost to get a very good result. I want to help the team to increase its championship position and for me personally I want to make sure I finish the season on a high.”

Kobayashi is also eager to score although he said the fact that there is no GP2 race alongside F1 this weekend could have an impact in the action on track.

“I find the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi very exciting because it's a twilight race, and the only one of the season,” he said. “It's very special to start in daylight and then race in the dark. This creates a really unique atmosphere, which I like. For me Abu Dhabi is a special race anyway because it was only my second Grand Prix back in 2009, and actually a very good one as I was able to score points. So I will go there with positive feelings.

“Something we need to bear in mind is that there are no GP2 cars running this year between our sessions, which means the track can be quite dusty again each time our sessions start. Anyway that's an issue for everybody and doesn't affect our goal to score points.”


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