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Kobayashi makes it 'without big sponsors'

Peter Sauber claims Kamui Kobayashi made it to F1 on talent, and not because of his financial backing
Peter Sauber has claimed that Kamui Kobayashi is the first Japanese driver to have made it to F1 without relying on financial backing from sponsors.

Kobayashi secured his first full-time F1 drive with the Sauber team this season after impressive outings for Toyota towards the end of the 2009 season, when he was called into a race seat to replace the injured Timo Glock.

Kobayashi will return with Sauber again for 2011 having been retained to lead the team alongside GP2 graduate Sergio Perez and Sauber insisted he had earned his drive on merit and not because of the financial package he was able to bring with him.

"He is the first Japanese driver who is in an F1 team without supporting the budget," he told the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat. "He is in F1 due to his ability to drive."

Kobayashi made his first appearance on a race weekend at Suzuka last year when he took part in Friday practice for Toyota, and he admitted it had been a chance he knew he had to take with both hands.

"Jenson (Button) fought for the championship, but I fought for my life," he said. "I felt like a mountaineer, climbing either to the top or falling into a gaping abyss. There were no other options.

"I got one chance and knew that if I did not use it, my career in F1 could be over just as it began."

Kobayashi will however compete with extra backing in his home race this weekend, with the announcement that Planex Group and MJ Co. Ltd. will be sponsoring the team for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Furthermore, Scalp-D, the manufacturer of hair care products, is expanding its presence on the C29 race cars.



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nossense - Unregistered

October 07, 2010 7:16 PM

Katayama was Crap...he teammed with Blundell in 1994 and showed he was as SLOW as that birtcrap...as Hakkinned proved in 1995. When he was teammate of Salo he was trashed in a big way...the same at Minardi in the hands of some italian rookie called Jarno Trulli... Kobayashi has the same level of the kinds of Buemi, Glock, Klien and all that king of mediocrecy that happened to get inside F1... Wasn't this champ supposed to be the pinnacle of motorsports? Since the dead of Senna we have lost many more things than a driver...we lost the word COMPETITION. Looking back the times...youll find seasons where future WDC were battleing inside backmakers to gain a seat in better teams fighting with the kinds of Bellof, Danner, Nannini, Schneider, etc to try to finish 20th... Now this mediocres have a career designed since karting only to deliver defective products... My great example is Jan Magnusen. A driver that had the talent to be multiple WDC... he was just destroyed because jumping t



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