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Kobayashi ready for 'challenging' Abu Dhabi

Kamui Kobayashi: I like the fact that it is a twilight race. This makes it even more exciting for the spectators and also very demanding for us.

Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi is relishing the prospect of returning to the scene of his first F1 points at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi this week.

The event is known for its unique setting and for being the only 'twilight race' on the F1 2011 calendar. It is a one-off challenge that Kobayashi thinks will bring about an excellent Grand Prix, even if last year's race was far from a classic.

“I like the fact that it is a twilight race. This makes it even more exciting for the spectators and also very demanding for us,” stated Kobayashi as the team builds up to the penultimate event of the 2011 season.

“The challenge doesn't really come from the changing light, but the track temperature drops significantly when the sun sets. This makes it quite difficult to adapt during the race. I also like the track layout and I think it is an exciting event and race for everybody.”

It is a track that holds good memories for Kobayashi, as he scored his first F1 points at the track in just his second Grand Prix with Toyota two years ago.

“Abu Dhabi is the track where I scored my first three F1 championship points when I came sixth back in 2009. It was only my second Grand Prix, and for sure I will never forget that,” he confirmed.

A repeat performance would be a welcome boost for Kobayashi this coming Sunday. Sauber have struggled to keep pace with their rivals in the latter half of the year and Kobayashi in particular has struggled, failing to pick up any points since before the summer break, although he still lies 12th in the drivers' championship thanks to his early season form.


by Philip Barclay



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16.10.2011- Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30
15.10.2011- Qualifying, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30
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16.10.2011- Race, Pastor Maldonado (VEN), Williams FW33 and Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30
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Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team

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fastlane66 - Unregistered

November 07, 2011 3:35 PM

I have no doubt Kobayashi is talented driver. He is fast but current Sauber Team's race strategy for him was unworkable because Sauber car is uncompetitive. The race strategy 2 stops with uncompetitive car for him will work only Yellow Flag come out on certain time. Sometime he has to drive with one set of Tires for 29 laps was also terrible mistake made by team decision. Most of his laps' time is good inside top 6. He is faster than Perez on most races. The Sauber team strategy is look like someone who afraid to lose his betting at Casino and betting with some insurance. However, he lost all his money in the end. Sauber’s strategy will score one car if lucky both cars will score but Perez will score higher than Kobayashi. Sauber has lost some direction at the moment. I hope Peter Sauber will take seriously again at this point.



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