F1 » Kobayashi sets sights on podium after avoiding penalty


Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi has his sights firmly set on his first podium in F1, after holding on to his third place on the starting grid for tomorrow's Japanese GP.

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JJJ - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 6:25 PM

I hope Kamui gets his start right tomorrow and finally gets a podium of his own. I think Kobayashi can be just as good if not better than Perez in a really good car but that said at some point regardless of whether or not it is his or the teams fault or maybe bad luck that he hasn't been on the podium yet he does need to get one to have a shot to be at a better team or at this point even to stay at Sauber.

He definitely has the speed, but Trulli had that as well in his prime yet the results never really caught up with the blistering one-lap potential. Kamui has shown he has the pace and the racecraft to overtake but he needs to start showing he can put a couple of flawless stints together on a regular basis, or else the people in the paddock will change from wanting him to make good on the promise to establishing he's not capable to fight at the top of the field.

Just get the nerves under control and do it this time.

Keep Her Lit - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 8:07 PM

Hope Kobi does get a podium , its long overdue and well deserved , cannot understand how this guy has outqualfied perez all year and his job is in jeopardy while perez goes to mclaren. I would slot Kobi right into Ferrari 2013 if I had my way

Ride me sideways - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 8:15 PM

Keep her lit complete spot on cannot figure out how Koba job on the line....he is streets ahead of perez ..he would be mighty in a Ferrari ..he know engine gearbox and power train running gear. The question is would Ferrari consider him?????

LJ - Unregistered

October 06, 2012 9:07 PM

I agree with the sentiments here, it seems theres tons of Kamui fans out there, but the media do not rate him very highly.

A few races this year he's underperformed, but the rest he's been extremely unlucky to not get the result he deserved. He's outperformed Sergio in Qualifying so many times this year, he just has had little luck come race day. My hope is he can secure his seat at Sauber and continue to improve along with the team. I would love to see him challenging for the title with Sauber and beating Perez in his Mclaren...

Regardless, I think it would be a bad decision to get 2 new drivers at Sauber after the progress that has been made. Kamui is a good benchmark, especially in Qualifying to have.

Tealeaf - Unregistered

October 07, 2012 12:14 AM

Its a complete joke that Perez gets all the strategy luck and get a Mclaren drive yet the faster, better overtaker and all round a more exciting driver gets overlooked, Im sure bad luck or poor strategy will occur for Kamui again in japan but please just show Perez how its done, Whitless likes his slow tortoise drivers but Mclaren will not win another title if the pairing stays Button and Perez.

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