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Impressive debut for Kobayashi

Kamui Kobayashi impresses on his F1 race debut in Brazil as he looks to secure a race seat for 2010
Kamui Kobayashi has done his chances of securing a race seat in F1 for the 2010 season no harm at all after an impressive debut in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Kobayashi was called into the Toyota line-up to deputise for the injured Timo Glock and produced an impressive display as he ran in the points early on and was embroiled in a long battle with champion elect Jenson Button.

While Button questioned some of Kobayashi's defensive driving, and the Japanese driver was involved in the incident which saw countryman Kazuki Nakajima crash out after appearing to move over on the Williams man, his encouraging performance was rewarded with a tenth place finish and praise from team boss Tadashi Yamashima.

“Kamui was the only Toyota in the race but he did a really good job, especially on a track he has never raced on before and after the difficult conditions earlier in the weekend,” he said. “As we have come to expect from him, he battled really hard and also put on an exciting show for the fans. It was particularly impressive to see him overtaking another car at the end of a hard race and I am proud of his efforts."

Kobayashi himself was also happy with the results of his first weekend in F1, even if he admitted to being slightly disappointed not to have scored points.

"It was a tough race for me,” he said. “As this was my Grand Prix debut I experienced a lot of things for the first time in Formula 1 so it was a learning experience. Physically it felt like a really long race and it was quite tough. My first target was to finish the race and I am pleased to achieve that, but after the start I was in a decent position to score points so I am a little disappointed I didn't.

“The car felt good in the first stint but when I changed tyres the balance felt a different and I was struggling a bit; probably this was just down to experience. It was my first race so there are several areas to improve but overall I am happy with how I have performed this weekend and I would like to thank the team for all its support."



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Cardinal

October 19, 2009 3:39 PM
Last Edited 2608 days ago

I thought he did really well considering it was his F1 debut and he hasn't raced at Interlagos before. He sure knows how to mix it, and if some of his defensive moves were a bit suspect/dangerous, he can sort that out given time. I'm pretty certain he'll be racing at Abu Dhabi, and probably will stay for 2010 as well. He looks the best prospect to come out of Japan in a long while.

sodesu

October 19, 2009 7:12 PM

I actually think he did a great job in taking his aggressive driving right to the limit. Some of his lines in the battle with Button were sort of questionable, but I wouldn't say they were illegal. And the tracks marshals apparently agree. The incident with Kaz I think was a racing incident. Kaz could have had bigger margins and was a bit over-ambition IMHO. Remember, you're allowed to change your line once and that is exactly what Kobayashi did. If you compare his debut to the other replacement rookies, Grosjean and Alguersuari, it's particularly impressive. Certainly looks like this kid could make an impact if he gets a proper drive next season!



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