Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi has admitted he needs to 'maybe' take 'one more step' next year and that his performances in qualifying aren't always 'strong enough'.
Kobayashi has however had a pretty positive F1 2011 thus far and despite it only being his second full season at the pinnacle of the sport has notched up points in seven of the eleven races - his best result, a fifth in Monaco. Indeed such is his form that we gave him sixth spot in our Half-Term Report [see separate story - click here
While he has built up a good points haul though and impressed with his hard-charging uncompromising, balls-out style, he recognises that qualifying is an area of he needs to work on.
“Drivers always have to develop, never think they are perfect,” Kobayashi told James Allen's official F1 site. “I'm still learning, for sure Peter [Sauber] isn't happy, they are waiting for leadership in the team.
“Last year there were a couple of mistakes and reliability problems, but this year we try to score points regularly which we managed to do quite well.
“Next year I need a different approach; maybe we need one more step, fight a bit more, for sure I need to find some target.
“I know that there aren't enough strong performances in qualifying. The thing is, when the car is good, I'm always okay.
“But if the car isn't comfortable then I'm not using the whole performance. This is where I have to improve.”