Kamui Kobayashi will be out to maintain his points scoring run in Valencia this coming weekend and he is 'confident' and keen to 'make the most' of his Sauber C30.
Kobayashi has scored in every race so far this season - bar Australia, where he and team-mate, Sergio Perez were disqualified from top-ten finishes due to minor technical infringements – and last time out he was seventh in Canada, running as high as second at one point, until dropping back as conditions dried out.
Now he will be want to add to his current 25-point tally and he is pretty bullish about his prospects around the 3.37 mile track.
“Last year we had a good race performance and strategy in Valencia. I enjoyed the race a lot, especially the last few laps when I had fresh tyres and the others didn't. After qualifying had been disappointing because I was only 18th, we were very happy when I finished seventh in the race,” Kobayashi reflected.
“This year we have a better car overall, and we have proved we are still good in terms of our strategies. I'm quite confident for the European Grand Prix and want to make the most of it.
“You have four straights on which you need to be quick, but you also have slow corners and need to ride the kerbs in some places. This makes quite a challenging mixture, plus the track temperatures can be expected to be really high, which means you have to take special care of your tyres.
“The part around the bridge is the most tricky one, as you can gain or lose a lot of lap time there. In the past it hasn't been easy to overtake on this street circuit, but I think with DRS and KERS it will be an exciting race for the spectators and us. I also like the atmosphere there a lot, and Valencia is one of the more exciting places we go to. There is a lot going on in the city.”
Sauber technical director James Key meanwhile has revealed that the team will have some updates for the C30 for the eighth round in the F1 2011 World Championship.
“We will have some modifications on the car, including a slightly changed front wing and some other parts,” he confirmed. “We hope our performance will be back on the level we had before Canada, where we felt we didn't perform as we wanted to in dry conditions.
“Also in the meantime we've been working hard on the balance of the car to try to ensure we can have a better level of performance in Valencia.
“We hope to have Sergio back in the car too and look forward to working with him during the weekend.”