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Kobayashi targets regular points

Kamui Kobayashi hopes Sauber can be regular points scorers in 2012
Kamui Kobayashi says he is targeting regular points in 2012 after Sauber launched the new C31 at Jerez.

The Japanese driver goes into his third season with the Swiss team eager to become a regular contender for a place in the top ten having produced a number of strong drivers throughout recent years.

Having started 2011 strongly, Kobayashi saw Sauber's performance drop off as the year went on but the 25-year-old said he was hopeful of fighting for points throughout the new season.

“2012 will be not only my third season in Formula One, but also my third with the same team,” he said. “We've been through a lot together and can benefit from our shared experiences.

“In my first year with the team we had a bad start but a good second half to the season. The second year was the exact reverse. In our third year together we should be a reliable bet to finish consistently in the points. I'm really looking forward to the new season with the Sauber F1 Team.”

Speaking to reporters during the launch event at the Spanish circuit, Kobayashi said he felt there were two particular areas where Sauber will be strong this season – with new Pirelli compounds and the ban on blown diffusers set to aid the team.

"I looked at the new compounds and everything looks a little bit softer," he was quoted by ESPNF1. "Softer overall, except for the supersofts, so I mean for us it's definitely a good direction because our performance and race pace is usually good. If we can reduce the pitstops it would be great. It's difficult to say because it's still winter but at the moment it's looking a bit better.

"Last year we saw the exhaust performance brought a lot of speed. We had some more development but we stopped before Silverstone, but after Silverstone it wasn't banned so it's definitely performance we missed a lot and this year definitely we have another chance because definitely the system has gone."


Tagged as: Sauber , Kamui Kobayashi , Kobayashi , C31

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Bom Bom - Unregistered

February 06, 2012 2:24 PM

I think this year is final year for Koba with Sauber. So it’s very important to score points in every race as much as possible for him. He has to find good sponsors for 2013 otherwise he can lose driver seat. Today Formula One is not depending on talent alone and without good sponsor talent driver will be very difficult to get driver seat. I'm worry about Koba for 2013 because he does not have solid sponsor like Perez. Perez has very solid sponsor from his fellow country man world richest billionaire Carlos Slim. Another Mexican driver is waiting on reserve driver seat at Sauber. Carlos Slim may require half or whole Sauber team sooner or later and turn all Mexican line-up is possible in future.

Chop Chop - Unregistered

February 06, 2012 1:41 PM

For regular point scoring for Sauber cars, they need good race strategy for both cars. However it will be difficult to score points regularly for Kobayashi if sauber use same race strategy for him as last year. Last year, Sauber cars were better off with one stop strategy in most of race. I think Sauber should use similar strategy for both cars and try to score maximum point rather than buying half insurance for one car to score point and let another car's strategy on luck.



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