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Sauber must be more consistent - Kobayashi

ESPNF1 Staff
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Kamui Kobayashi is entering his third season with Sauber © Sutton Images

Kamui Kobayashi says Sauber must be consistent point scorers this year after two up-and-down seasons in 2010 and 2011.

Last year Kobayashi had a strong start to the season, scoring 25 points in the first seven races, but the car's performance dropped off in the second half of the year and he scored just five points thereafter. Sauber's lack of exhaust blown diffuser development played a significant role in the loss of competitiveness towards the end of the season and Kobayashi said a similar scenario must not happen this year.

"For me the main target is that we are more consistent this year," he said. "In 2010 we had a difficult first part of the season, and only recovered in the second half. In 2011 it was vice versa - we had a great start but struggled later in the season. If we can consistently display our best potential, we could score consistently. It must be like this."

Team principal Peter Sauber said his main objective was to improve on the team's seventh place finish in the constructors' championship last year.

"The winter tests left the impression that the competition could be tighter than ever before," he said. "Apparently the mid-field teams have reduced the gap to the top teams. I am really pleased with the progress we made during testing and I think we are well prepared. We have to be because we have set ourselves quite high targets for 2012.

"We want to score points on a regular basis and significantly improve our position in the constructors' championship. We are well aware that this sounds very ambitious, but this is what we are working on."