Kamui Kobayashi will seek to secure a boost ahead of his home round of the F1 season in Japan when he takes on the challenge of the Singapore street race this weekend.
The Sauber driver will head to F1's night race keen to impress in the final event before he tackles his round of the season, and will also seek to return to the top ten after his early retirement at Monza.
Despite that retirement, Kobayashi has scored in four of the last six races having recovered from a tough start to the year and is confident of a stronger showing from the Hinwil-based team than at the high-speed Monza circuit a fortnight ago.
“I have never raced in Singapore, but I know the track from the simulator,” he said. “The last two years I attended the Grand Prix as a reserve driver for Toyota, so I had a look around Singapore and the track. It is quite a long track for one in a city. The atmosphere at that race is just great.
“I'm sure for spectators this is one of the best events on the calendar. I have only driven in a night race once, and this was in Qatar in February 2009 in GP2. I finished fourth but what I remember most is a terrible sandstorm! I believe in terms of performance we should be able to do better in Singapore than in Monza. I must admit I would really like to have a good result in my pocket when we head to my home grand prix in Suzuka. It is exciting to get a new team mate during the season and I'm curious about working with Nick.”
Team-mate Nick Heidfeld will make his first appearance for the team having replaced Pedro de la Rosa in the sister car [See separate story HERE