Sauber has high expectations ahead of British GP at Silverstone
By Berthold Bouman
Sauber is looking for a better performance than in Valencia, where Kamui Kobayashi had to retire after an accident with Felipe Massa, but at least Sergio Perez scored two points as he finished ninth. Sauber has car updates for the ninth round of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship and the team is optimistic ahead of the British Grand Prix.
Even Kobayashi, who has a five-place grid penalty, is still optimistic. “I’m really looking forward to this race, and my expectations are quite high. Silverstone is one of my favourite circuits. Our cars were always good in medium and high-speed corners, but with the Sauber C31 we have also improved the performance in slow corners, which means we should have no problems with the new part of the track,” said the Japanese driver.
Perez also thinks the Sauber will suit the track. “I think our car will be good in Silverstone and I want to fight for another podium there. In my view in Silverstone it is even more difficult to overtake than it was in Valencia, therefore qualifying is high priority on the job list. I need a better grid position than recently,” he said.
Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering, describes the challenges of Silverstone from a technical point of view. “It has some challenging high-speed corners and requires a set-up which is optimised with regard to aerodynamics as well as changes of direction.
The straights are not very long, therefore we can afford to run quite a lot of downforce. We will be running the soft and the hard tyre compounds, which I expect to suit this track nicely, and also warming-up should not be an issue.”
About the car updates Dall’Ara said, “Our Sauber C31 will get an aerodynamic development package, which includes some modifications of the engine cover and the rear of the car. Looking at the layout of this track and the characteristics of our car, I think we can approach this race weekend with a lot of optimism.”