Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi has said he has a 'very good feeling' heading to the British Grand Prix this weekend and he definitely has momentum on his side after what team boss, Peter Sauber described as an 'absolutely amazing' drive in Valencia.
Kobayashi put in a great performance at the European Grand Prix two weeks ago, the ninth round in the 2010 FIA F1 World Championship, and he eventually finished seventh, making the most of fresh rubber in the closing stages to pass two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso and Sebastien Buemi.
Now the F1 2010 rookie will be looking for his second points finish on the trot and his third of the year, as the former BMW owned outfit looks to bounce back from a very trying first half of the F1 2010 season.
“I have a very good feeling for the race in Silverstone,” Kobayashi confirmed. “I like this track a lot. The high speed corners make it one of my favourite circuits. Also there is always a good crowd, and I think this time with their fellow countrymen leading the championship they will be very excited.”
Team-mate Pedro de la Rosa is also upbeat and while he has still to open his account for the year – missing out on P10 in Valencia after picking up a five-second penalty post-race – the Spaniard has by no means given up.
Indeed he reckons the 5 kilometre track will suit the Sauber C29, which will appear this weekend with some new aero parts.
“We are all going to a new Silverstone. The changes to the track look very nice and I expect its character, with plenty of medium and high speed corners, has remained unchanged, and this should suit our car more than the Valencia circuit did. I'm very much looking forward to the British Grand Prix,” stated the former McLaren tester.
Sauber technical director, James Key meanwhile is a big fan of the Northamptonshire-based circuit: “It's a nice feeling to go back to Silverstone. It's a circuit I know well, and I've always enjoyed being at the track,” he continued. “There's an excellent turnout from the fans as well, so it's got a real atmosphere about it.
“It's obviously different this year, as several of the old corners we know have gone. However, it will be new for everyone. I'm looking forward to see how the new section affects the track. It was never a circuit that was easy to overtake on. It could be that the new section has some influence on that, but we won't know until we get there. We've been working on what we think we need to do for the new layout.
“We will have a busy Friday to try and cover all the options to find out what is best for the modified track. What's important there is high speed and medium speed stability of the car. The first sector, particularly, is dominated by these kinds of corners. It's important that the car is competitive through Copse and then the winding section afterwards. There's only really two or three places where braking is of high importance. It's not a high braking energy circuit, so braking stability is less of an issue to consider, but we have to see how the new section affects that. I think we also have to keep an eye on the aerodynamic efficiency with the longer straights, so there is a bit to learn but also a lot which is familiar. I'm looking forward to the weekend.”