- German Grand Prix - Sauber preview
'We have good chances for a nice race result'
ESPN StaffJuly 13, 2012
Sergio Perez feels Sauber needs to improve its qualifying performances to avoid getting caught up in race incidents © Press Association
Kamui Kobayashi"I like the circuit in Hockenheim and have quite a lot of experience there from Formula Renault, Formula 3, GP2 and F1. Usually at the time when we are there for the Grand Prix it is quite hot. We are not totally sure how the updates we took to Silverstone work, as we haven't really been able to confirm these in practice in dry conditions. Maybe we need to do some more fine-tuning on these, so it will be interesting to see how this happens in Hockenheim. I think our car performs well on all the circuits - high speed or slow speed ones - so I am not worried about our performance there. We shall just focus on trying to get our best result there. I am very excited about racing in Germany, which is not too far away from Hinwil, so is a kind of home race."
Sergio Pérez"I am looking forward to what will be my first Formula One race in Hockenheim. I have good memories of the circuit from GP2 times when I won there. For us it remains important to do better in qualifying, so our Saturday performance is what we have to focus on first. Our car is quick and if we could just get everything right this time we have good chances for a nice race result. In Hockenheim I especially like the stadium part that is, driving wise, challenging and has a great atmosphere. Also for me personally it is nice to go back to Germany after I lived there for two years in the early stages of my career. The first year - 2005 - was in Vilsbiburg in Bavaria and then a second year in Berlin."
Monisha Kaltenborn, CEO"We have failed to score points this season several times and for a variety of reasons. In hindsight it doesn't help to pine for those points, as now we have to move forward. The Sauber C31 has proved to be quick on all types of circuits. Plus we've got two strong drivers - Sergio has been on the podium twice this year, and Kamui has been able to shine with a fourth in qualifying and a fifth in a race. Both have a fastest race lap to their names. We have everything it takes to wind up the first half of the season in a positive way, and that's our aim for Hockenheim."