F1 » Kobayashi will be back, reckons Perez

Sergio Perez reckons that his former Sauber team mate Kamui Kobayashi will soon be back in the sport, despite the Japanese driver missing out on an F1 seat for 2013.

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steer - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 10:11 AM

One of last years Sauber drivers lands a seat in probably one of the best cars on the grid and the other one is out of work. yes, Perez had the more eye-catching season, but the difference between the two was not massive.

sodesu - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 11:04 AM

Yup, that's all there is to it really. They were very evenly matched across the season, interestingly though the biggest flaw they both have in common - they were both pretty uneven. Anyway there should be a couple of good seats available next season.

JJJ - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 12:46 PM


A bunch of drivers have come back after not winning a race, some even years after their last race. As for Kamui, he's now something like 26 if I'm not mistaken so for him it's only a matter of hoping a Japanese manufacturer will come back (even as engine supplier) to F1 in the following years and then he'll be one of their drivers for sure. Of course he might have chances at other teams as well but all in all I'm pretty sure we'll see him back in F1.

I do think however that it would be wise for Kamui to do some racing in other categories eventhough he claims he's not interested in that.

Stuart - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 1:02 PM

Guys, you've gotta be kidding me?

I like Kobayashi as he's a racer. But he's not 'that' good really. And to say there wasnt much between him and Perez is a bit naive as Perez is clearly a driver on the way up.
As a seasoned driver Kobayashi should have doubled Perez's score.

Don't blame money either - it's a cheap shot to try to put down others.

sodesu - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 1:55 PM

I think doing sportscars might be a good idea to keep his racing skills alive, anyone know if Toyota will be racing the TS030 again this year? I think that could be perfect for him TBH, and also it would be good to stay involved in the racing world. He could even meet new sponsors which could maybe follow him back to F1.

Speed - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 3:57 PM

If Honda eventually comes back to F1, who knows? Maybe Kobayashi'll have a chance.
But Japan never had such a good driver as Koba, I really don't get it why there isn't a big Japanese supporter getting all crazy about him.


January 10, 2013 4:53 PM

Wonder what Kobi would have done with a works McLaren drive ? , my guess is he would have astonished a few people with his qualifying pace and could have gone on to great things. He certainly astonished Button in his very first F1 drive as he stuck to Button like a leech

steer - Unregistered

January 10, 2013 4:59 PM

Kobayashi: 60 races: 125 points. 2.08 per race

Perez: 37 races: 80 points. 2.16 per race.

Whilst Perez may indeed be a driver on the up, his record is not much better.

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