Kamui Kobayashi says Sauber’s new aerodynamic package introduced in Spain is “definitely a step forward”.
In a Q&A published by the team today Kobayashi said: “The most important thing for us was to have confirmation that our new aero package was working well. It is definitely a step forward.
“After I had a difficult qualifying because of an hydraulic problem, I had to start ninth. I think the race performance as such was better than my fifth place suggests.
“Traffic in the race makes it more difficult to handle the tyres. If you looked at Lewis Hamilton, who was fastest in qualifying, you could also see it wasn?óÔéĽÔäót an easy job for him to improve positions in the race traffic after he was forced to start last on the grid.
“Overall I am very happy and proud of what a great job the guys back in the factory did to further develop the car and, of course, what the crew at the race track did.”
Kobayashi added: “I think we have improved in the areas we wanted to. The car is better balanced through the corners now. In terms of stability I would say it is about the same, but stability always depends a lot on the track conditions.”
He said the improvements to the car allowed him to attack during the race: “I definitely had confidence in the car in Barcelona when overtaking.
“I also feel with the update we can now handle the tyre management better during the race. We had been a bit weak on that side before.”
Kobayashi finished fifth in Spain, matching his career-best result achieved in Monaco last year. He is aiming to improve on it next weekend: “I think our car will be better in Monaco than it was last year because it has improved in slow corners.
“In 2011 I finished fifth, so the target should be to finish higher up this year. However, even if you are given the best car in Monaco, in the end a lot is down to the driver to get the ultimate tenths of a second out of it.”
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