Kamui Kobayashi

 
Kobayashi had decided to go back to his father's Sushi restaurant if he failed to get a 2010 seat. |  Kamui Kobayashi's favourite food is Japanese minus the raw fish. |  In his debut race, he managed to take out the only other Japanese running in the race, Kazuki Nakajima.

FACTFILE

Name: Kamui Kobayashi
DOB: Sep 13 1986
Nationality: Japanese
Most Races For: Sauber - 39
No. Of Races: 76
No. Of Podiums: 1
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PROFILE
Kamui Kobayashi

Kamui Kobayashi is the most exciting driver to have graced the mid-field in recent years.

His Banzai overtaking moves on his rivals have left many, including world champions, astonished and left many to wonder why he was ousted from Formula One at the end of the 2012 season.

Now with Caterham, the hugely-popular driver may not get the same opportunities to prove his persistence to pass other competitors but it offers him a chance to revive his F1 career.

He would be a wiser man having taken part in endurance racing with Ferrari in the GT class during his F1 sabbatical, which could lead to a much polished approached in an otherwise inconsistent results that he has had.

Kobayashi's widely admired overtaking skills were devalued by the advent of the Drag Reduction System. The adjustable rear wing allows drivers less gifted in the art of overtaking to pull off passing moves, but Kobayashi would never use this reality to bolster his own case.

His F1 career started at the end of 2007 when Toyota had signed him as their reserve driver for 2008 and soon stepped up to a race seat. At the season finale 2009 Abu Dhabi GP, he distinguished himself as the best of the drivers on a one-stop strategy. It was his combative skills that stood out and also displayed his astuteness in implementing a strategy. Peter Sauber has a keen eye for burgeoning talent and made his move.

He spent three years at Sauber before being dropped but is now set for a new beginning at Caterham.


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STATISTICS
YEARS
YearTeamClaGPs WinsPolesPods FLsPts
2009Toyota18th200003
2010BMW Sauber12th19000032
2011Sauber12th19000030
2012Sauber12th20001160
2014Caterham22nd1600000
Total 760011125

Kamui Kobayashi - HEAD TO HEAD (TEAM-MATES)

Kamui Kobayashi - Season Performance

According to stats...

  • Kobayashi had decided to go back to his father's Sushi restaurant if he failed to get a 2010 seat.
  • Kamui Kobayashi's favourite food is Japanese minus the raw fish.
  • In his debut race, he managed to take out the only other Japanese running in the race, Kazuki Nakajima.

QUOTES ON KAMUI KOBAYASHI

Because I am Japanese I have small eyes – so I can’t see the others guys.
- Kamui Kobayashi on his secret for overtaking.



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