Sauber fail to get tyres working at Hungary

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So far this season the Sauber C31-Ferrari has proved to be competitive on a great variety of circuits, but this doesn’t seem to be the case for the Hungaroring. Both Sauber F1 Team drivers were struggling in free practice and qualifying. Sergio Pérez qualified 14th for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix, while Kamui Kobayashi came 15th.

Sergio Pérez, Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 02/Ferrari 056):
FP3: 15th (1:22.597 min / medium tyres / 23 laps)
Q: 14th in Q2 (1:21.895 min / new soft tyres)
“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, Sauber C31-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056):
FP3: 12th (1:22.387 min / soft tyres / 20 laps) Q: 15th in Q2 (1:22.300 min / new soft tyres)
“Well, 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. 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.”

Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering:
“It’s certainly a difficult weekend. 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. Timewise Checo is not that far back from fourth and fifth. Kamui seemed to struggle more today. We also gave him an additional set of soft tyres, because we realised he was in trouble. We still don’t quite understand why things were so difficult for us. However, tomorrow is another day, and we know we are stronger in the race than in qualifying.”

Weather: sunny and dry, 28-30°C air, 35-45°C track