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Hungarian GP: Sauber drivers disappointed by qualifying pace

By Berthold Bouman

Both Sauber drivers were disappointed with their qualifying pace today at the Hungaroring. They already had been struggling during the free practice sessions, and Sauber’s qualifying performance was certainly not what the team expected.

Sergio Perez, Sauber

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering, said, “Overall we are struggling quite a lot. Compared to yesterday, we recovered significantly with regard to the set-up of the car, but unfortunately it was not enough.” And he added, “Kamui seemed to struggle more today. We also gave him an additional set of soft tyres, because we realised he was in trouble.”

Sergio Perez was the fastest Sauber driver today and the Mexican took 14th place in Q2, not something to be happy about. “Basically this was all that was possible for us today. For some reason all weekend we have been struggling with the balance of the car and how to understand how the tyres work on this track.

“I feel on my car we made a big step forward in regard to the balance between free practice this morning and qualifying. Q1 actually didn’t look bad at all, but the car still behaved inconsistently and in Q2 it was so difficult to put a perfect lap together that I didn’t make it into Q3.”

Kamui Kobayashi was 15th during Q2 and was equally disappointed. “After we have been struggling in all free practice sessions since we got here the qualifying result doesn’t come as a complete surprise. To me getting through to Q3 would have been a miracle today,” said the Japanese driver.

He could not explain why things didn’t work out this afternoon, but he did have problems getting the Pirellis to work, “We don’t understand why we can’t manage to get the tyres to work at this track, and this goes for both compounds as I can’t find the grip I need.

“Perhaps it is track related and has to do with bumps or dust or even something else. It will be another tough race for us because overtaking is particularly difficult here, but certainly we won’t give up and will try our best tomorrow.”


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