Date: 27th February 2011 at 11:31am
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One of the disadvantages of not having an experienced Formula One driver in your team can sometimes be the lack of feedback from your drivers during testing and practice on Grand Prix weekends.

With Sauber going into the 2011 Formula One season with Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez, many would think Sauber could be at a disadvantage during winter testing.

Perez will make his Formula One debut when the season gets under way in Australia, after coming through the ranks in British Formula 3 and the GP2 series.

Kamui Kobayashi will be the senior driver in the team, despite only making his debut at the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Last season was the first full season in F1 for the 24-year-old and the Japanese driver has only competed in 21 races in his Formula One career.

But it would appear that the lack of experience between their two drivers is not an issue for the team.

‘They are both doing their best and doing a good job at giving us decent feedback,’ Sauber’s technical director James Key told Autosport Magazine.

‘Kamui is being very good. He’s trying to assist as much as possible with our understanding the tyres and the way that the car is responding and we have all agreed with him where we think the weaknesses lie that we need to work on next. His feedback reflects what we are seeing.

‘You always want to have a reference point with lots of experience because they can pick up on something that they remember from five years ago and they can run through the ways to deal with it, but it’s not really an issue for us.’


What will be an issue is if rookie Perez continues to fall off the track!

It’s a steep learning curve for drivers coming into Formula One, especially with the lack of testing during a Formula One season.

Perez has so far crashed in Jerez during the first winter testing sessions and dumped the car in the gravel in Barcelona last week.

When taking on a rookie you expect a few mistakes and offs, but the more he can stay on the track and eradicate the mistakes the quicker he can help the team develop the car.