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Top ten F1 Drivers of the Year: 9th

Another driver with a rookie team-mate in 2011, Kamui Kobayashi endured a mid-season drought before bouncing back with two late points finishes for Sauber, but is still something of a surprise ninth in your F1 Driver of the Year poll
Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2011:
9: Kamui Kobayashi

Team: Sauber F1
Car: Sauber-Ferrari C30
Races: 19
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Podiums: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Championship points: 30
Championship position: 12th

After the disappointment of being disqualified from a points finish first time out in Australia – where both Saubers failed a rear wing test – Kamui Kobayashi found the top ten increasingly had to come by.

Although he was a regular scorer in the first half of the season, his results tailed off until he rediscovered the points in the final two rounds.

The Japanese ace, rated the best F1 prospect to emerge from his homeland, posted just three retirements but found his team in a tough midfield battle with Force India and Toro Rosso, especially towards the end of the season. Scoring in both Abu Dhabi and Brazil ensured that he did just enough to fend off Force India rookie Paul di Resta in the final standings.

Somewhat surprisingly, Kobayashi lost the qualifying battle to team-mate Sergio Perez, all too often starting from a lower position that either his ability or the Sauber's potential deserved, but he made up for it on raceday, gaining positions early on to put himself in contention for points. His best result came on the streets of Monaco, where he finished fifth, and Kobayashi will be hoping for more of that in 2012, when he will again be paired with Perez.

It was off the track that Kobayashi made a mark for himself, reacting with dignity and vigour as he attempted to deal with the devastating earthquake and tsunami that affected his homeland, spearheading fundraising and awareness efforts both in F1 and the wider world.

F1 Driver of the Year Top 10:
10. Adrian Sutil


Related Pictures

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26.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30
27.11.2011- Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30
25.11.2011- Friday Practice 1, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30
25.11.2011- Friday Practice 1, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30
25.11.2011- Friday Practice 1, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30
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27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
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27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
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27.11.2016 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Manor Racing MRT05, Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05 and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
27.11.2016 - Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12

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soaum - Unregistered

December 23, 2011 11:03 AM

I think it is fair to say that the changes in regulation have gone against Kobayshi this year. the DRS has made overtaking less of an achievement and also the pirelli tyres have made the races an exercise in tyre management rather than out and out racing like we had with the bridgestones.



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