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Kobayashi: Sauber weren’t only team after me

Kamui Kobayashi bullish about prospects for season ahead - and confirms he had talks with Renault before signing with Sauber.
Kamui Kobayashi has revealed that Sauber wasn't the only team keen to sign him for F1 2010 – and that talks also took place with Renault.

Kobayashi made his F1 debut at the end of last season when he was drafted in by Toyota to replace the injured Timo Glock. The 23-year-old impressed during his two-race stint with the now defunct Cologne-based outfit and hinted on Sunday at the official launch of Sauber's 2010 F1 car, the C29, that the Regie was definitely a possibility.

"I had them [talks with other teams]," he added in a report by Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, "But do I have to mention the names?"

Kobayashi is now looking forward to the 2010 season and is confident he can reproduce the kind of form he showed in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

"This is a really new change for me, because before the beginning of the season we have some tests," he continued on ITV-F1.com. "We come into this season having enough time to prepare for it.

"The last two races I had no testing, so it was really difficult, but now I have so many tests and we can develop the car from the beginning of the season."

Pressed on his aims, he added that as long as he can get regular points' finishes he will be happy.

"I think it is very important that we score points consistently, definitely," he continued. "That is most important for myself and the team as well - it's difficult to say [if we will do that] but I believe we can do it."

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31.01.2010 Valencia, Spain Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), BMW Sauber F1 Team - BMW Sauber F1 Team Launch
31.01.2010 Valencia, Spain Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), BMW Sauber F1 Team, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP), BMW Sauber F1 Team- BMW Sauber F1 Team Launch -

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