The Sauber team racked up the ignominious distinction of achieving its fourth double-DNF in just six rounds of the 2010 season, with both Kamui Kobayashi (pictured) and Pedro de la Rosa parking their Ferrari-powered C29s with mechanical issues within just a few laps of one another.
It was particularly galling for Kobayashi, who bucked the trend of the majority of the field by starting on the harder tyres, figuring that as other pitted to change to the harder tyres, he would be able to maximise his track position for a solid points’ finish.
Sadly we’ll never know if this clever turn of strategy would pay dividends, as the Japanese driver retired with a gear selection issue having climbed to an impressive fourth place. It was an impressive recovery after the Japanese driver removed his front wing – for the fourth time this season to-date – in a practice crash on Thursday.
"It is a shame because our race pace was a lot better than our performance in qualifying," he told reporters after returning to the pits.
“We again missed a chance to score points. My start was good. The first corner is never easy in Monaco but it went alright; but then I wasn’t able to shift up anymore – I just looked for a safe place to park the car and that was it."
Pedro de la Rosa was feeling similar emotions after pulling to a stop with a hydraulics leak.
"Obviously another race I wanted to finish," he said. "The car was okay at the beginning. At the start I stayed away from trouble, which was the main target, and then I was taking care of the tyres. I was alarmed when I had a problem with the quick shift and when the power steering became heavier and heavier it was clear I had a problem with the hydraulic system."
Another embarrassing weekend for the Swiss team!