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Sauber F1 Team – Turkish GP – Preview

Sauber F1 Team

Press release
Preview – Turkish Grand Prix
4th Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 6th to 8th May 2011
Hinwil, 29th April 2011 – After three exciting races in Australia and Asia, the Sauber F1 Team is looking forward to travelling to a Grand Prix weekend for the first time this year with its convoy of trucks and its motorhome. Istanbul Park is a challenging circuit for the drivers and the Sauber C30-Ferrari as well as for the tyres. The target is clearly set: Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez want to fight for top ten positions again – in both, qualifying and the race.
Kamui Kobayashi (car no 16):
“After spending some time in Tokyo I’m very much looking forward to the race in Istanbul Park. It is an exciting track and one of my favourites. Last year our performance was pretty good there, and we scored our first point when I finished the race in tenth. It was a relief for us and this feeling is still a nice memory. There are a couple of high speed corners which I like, and I feel we should be quite competitive in Turkey. However, the corner I like most is the triple left hander which forms turn eight. Regarding tyre management, I find it difficult to predict how the situation will develop. The grip level at this circuit is normally very low, which means the cars tend to slide a lot. I believe it will be crucial to save the front tyres in particular so the wear is as low as possible.”
Sergio Pérez (car no 17):
“In a way I feel for me the championship is about to start now with these next races on circuits I know. I have raced at Istanbul Park twice in the GP2 series and I find the track very nice. I especially used to enjoy turn eight a lot. With the Formula One car it will, of course, be physically demanding for the neck muscles, and turn eight will also be a special challenge for the front tyres. We will have to be careful with them. In any case I’m really looking forward to the Turkish Grand Prix and I want to bag my first points.”
James Key, Technical Director:
“Istanbul Park is a good circuit, and one of the favourites with the teams and drivers. It’s quite technical and challenging. It will be another interesting event for the tyres, because the famous turn eight is one of the high speed corners of the year with the highest loading of the tyres. Although we have seen some high speed corners at the last two events, I think this is by far another step beyond that. It will be interesting to see how well the tyres cope with that in terms of wear and degradation. This could result in some alternative strategies in the race, but we will not know until we get there. The rest of the circuit is a pretty good mix of some medium speed corners and the long back straight, which could provide some overtaking opportunities. But then at the end of the lap we have a combination of three low speed corners where braking stability into them, the line through them and traction out of them is important. They are quite technical corners. Overall this track offers a good mix of different corners. We expect quite reasonable weather conditions, with it not being too hot but in a better window for us than Shanghai was. Tyre management could be the key to the weekend of the Turkish Grand Prix. As far as the car is concerned, we will have some more test items to run on Friday – some of them aerodynamic and some of them mechanical – which we hope to introduce to the car pretty soon. Apart from that it will be another weekend for us to target the top ten, both in qualifying and the race.”

Istanbul Park / 5.338 km
Race distance
58 laps / 309.396 km
Qualifying 14:00 hrs (11:00 GMT), Race 15:00 hrs (12:00 GMT)
Kamui Kobayashi
Sergio Pérez
13.09.1986 Amagasaki (JP)
26.01.1990 Guadalajara (MX)
Marital status
Height / Weight
1.68 m / 58 kg
1.73 m / 63 kg
First GP
Brazil 2009, finished 9th
Australia 2011 (7th/disqualified)
GP started
Best race result
2 x 6th (UAE 2009, GB 2010)
7th (AUS 2011/disqualified)
Best qualifying
2 x 9th (MAL 2010, AUS 2011)
12th (CHN 2011)
Fastest race laps
Points in total
42 (3 in 2009, 32 in 2010)
Points in 2011
With 7 points the Sauber F1 Team is currently 6th in the Constructors’ Championship.
Schedule for the group interview sessions during the weekend:
13:30-13:40 – Sergio Pérez – TV (Spanish, then English)
13:40-13:50 – Sergio Pérez – written media (Spanish)
13:50-14:00 – Sergio Pérez – written media (English)
14:00-14:10 – Kamui Kobayashi – TV (English)
14:10-14:20 – Kamui Kobayashi – written media (Japanese)
14:20-14:30 – Kamui Kobayashi – written media (English)
16:00-16:20 – Peter Sauber and Monisha Kaltenborn – all media (German and English)
16:45-16:55 – Kamui Kobayashi – TV
16:45-16:55 – Sergio Pérez – TV
16:45-16:55 – Kamui Kobayashi – TV (Japanese, then English)
16:55-17:05 – Kamui Kobayashi – written media (Japanese)
17:05-17:15 – Kamui Kobayashi – written media (English)
16:45-16:55 – Sergio Pérez – written media (Spanish)
16:55-17:05 – Sergio Pérez – written media (English)
17:05-17:15 – Sergio Pérez – TV (Spanish, then English)
17:30-17:50 – James Key – all media (English)
After the race the drivers will be available in the mixed zone set up by the FIA.
Peter Sauber, Monisha Kaltenborn and James Key will be available in the team’s area.
Involvement in the FIA press conference means that the group interviews will be
cancelled on the relevant day.


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