• Canadian Grand Prix

Kobayashi bemoans dry pace

ESPNF1 Staff
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Kamui Kobayashi ran second for much of the race © Sutton Images

Kamui Kobayashi said he was disappointed not to be competitive enough in the dry after he slipped to seventh place in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Having qualified 13th, Kobayashi showed consistent pace in wet conditions and took advantage of other drivers pitting to lie second at the red flag interval. He held position for 24 laps after the restart, resisting the attentions of Felipe Massa before slipping behind Michael Schumacher with 20 laps to go. Once later safety car periods bunched the field up on a drying line, however, Kobayashi was unable to sustain the pace and ended up dropping to seventh.

Kobayashi said that the points were important but that the result was disappointing given the position he was holding earlier in the race.

"We have scored points and in the end this is most important," Kobayashi said. "We have proved we are good in the wet, but when the track became dry my pace wasn't good enough to defend my position. Originally I qualified 13th so then it is not bad to finish seventh, but on the other hand I started second after the long red flag and looking from there the result is disappointing. I really tried to bring the car home in a better position, but it didn't work out."