Following Toyota’s withdrawl from Formula One, it looked like Kamui Kobayashi, who had a rather long-standing relationship with the Japanese automaker, was all but finished in F1. But following his rather impressive performace at both Interlagos and Yas Island late last season, the Japanese driver has since signed with Sauber for the 2010 season... [read more]

When asked what motivated him to select Kobayashi amongst other drivers Peter Sauber replied: “I’m very much looking forward to working together with Kamui. In the final two Grand Prix of last season he was granted an unexpected chance to show his skills, and he made impressive use of it. Particularly in the Abu Dhabi race he demonstrated not only that he can drive fast and aggressively, but also his ability to successfully implement a strategy. I am convinced he has a great deal of potential and will be able to make the most of it in our team.”

Kobayashi spoke briefly about his new team and opportunity in Formula One, saying "Ever since the start of my career I have dreamed of racing in Formula One. Now this dream has come true. I am very happy that my two races in 2009 have earned me a cockpit place. I will do my very best for Peter Sauber’s team and I am proud to be able to carry on flying the Japanese flag in Formula One."

And while it’s unclear whether Kobayashi has garnered any additional sponsors for Sauber, he is however the only Japanese driver in F1, with Kazuki Nakajima losing his seat at Williams and Takuma Sato failing to sign with Lotus.

Images and Info: F1Fanatic
Editorial: Justin W. Coffey

1 comment:

  1. Good for Kobayashi! He was really impressive in the last two rounds of the season!