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Kobayashi confident of good Shanghai showing

Kamui Kobayashi hopes that a Sauber-favouring Shanghai International Circuit will allow his to kick-start his points chase.
Kamui Kobayashi has been pushed out of the Sauber spotlight in recent weeks, but feels that he will be able to maintain the Swiss team's momentum in next weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

Sergio Perez's run to second place - and a legitimate shot at taking Sauber's first win as a privateer - elevated the young Mexican to the role of media darling, while Kobayashi failed to add to his Melbourne points haul after being forced into a technically-induced retirement in the final laps of the race.

Nevertheless, with Sauber heading to Shanghai on 'a high' after stronger-than-expected showings at each of the opening two races, and currently sitting fourth in the constructors' standings with 30 points, Kobayashi is confident that he will be battling to add to that tally this weekend.

"I will go there with a positive approach and, after the small break, it will be interesting to see who brings what updates for the cars," he noted, aware that the likes of Force India, Toro Rosso and Williams will not have been resting between races, “I always have a good feeling for this grand prix, and its high speed corners should suit our car."

Having scored in last year's race, bettering the retirement he endured on his Shanghai debut, the Japanese ace is optimistic that conditions in China will also be conducive to another good Sauber showing.

"Last year, the race was great fun and I scored a point after having started 13th," he recalled, "The track temperatures might be lower than recently in Malaysia, as I expect them to be more like they were in Melbourne, and this also should be better for us and the tyres, but we have to see how it is once we are there."


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Amigo - Unregistered

April 08, 2012 3:43 PM

I still count Kobayashi is faster and better than Perez in over-all race pace. If both drivers were racing on same strategy and Kobayashi will beat Perez in every races. I have no doubt Perez is more popular than Kobayashi in the Sauber team because of his backer. Kobayashi does not slow down and he can be podium in normal race if he has good car. Go Kobayashi go.

LJ - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 3:28 AM

Kobayashi has so much potential, but I don't remember one weekend where something didn't go wrong for him. If he has a clean Qualifying his race goes to hell, if he has a crap Quali he often makes up 5-10 places which makes you think what he could have achieved with a better qualification. He's never had the car to his liking and just like Button.. I do believe if he gets the right setup and he's comfortable in the car he will score big points.



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