U at 5 pm the checkered flag fell. Sebastien Buemi in the ToroRosso was in the lead with 1.20.028 minutes. Shortly before the checkered flag, Kamui Kobayashi was on the hunt for times. The goal was clear. Sauber wanted a best time of the day.
Kobayashi with the best time after the checkered flag
The Japanese was in such a hurry that he overtook Robert Kubica in the pit lane. When Kobayashi's first drive past the boxes, the black and white checkered flag had long since fallen. But the Sauber driver chased once more around the course and set the fastest time with 1.19.950.
For the Swiss 'Blick' a good headline: 'Swiss team snatched the fastest time from Swiss drivers. The fastest Round out of competition had an aftermath. The team managers were asked whether they should let Kobayashi's time count. A storm in a water glass. Everyone said yes.
Motive from Sauber?
But some were surprised. 'If you are looking for Sauber sponsors that you still have to get a fastest lap in the end,' asked Nico Hülkenberg, who dropped from third to fourth due to Kobayshi's blow.