Kamui Kobayashi says he has high expectations for a strong result in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, despite the fact he will carry a grid penalty into the event.
The Sauber man will drop five places on the grid after being penalised for a clash with Felipe Massa in the European Grand Prix, but has performed well at Silverstone in the past.
With that in mind, the Japanese driver said he felt optimistic about his chances for the British race as he aims to try and achieve 'something special'.
“I'm really looking forward to this race, and my expectations are quite high,” he said. “Silverstone is one of my favourite circuits. Our cars were always good in medium and high speed corners, but with the Sauber C31 we have also improved the performance in slow corners, which means we should have no problems with the new part of the track, which was introduced in 2010.
“Despite the fact I have to cope with a penalty, which will send me five places down the grid, I'm optimistic for this race. I believe we have the potential to achieve something special in England and I hope for a little more luck as well.”
Head of Track Engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara agreed that the team can head into the event in confident mood with a series of upgrades planned for the British race.
“Our Sauber C31 will get an aerodynamic development package, which includes some modifications of the engine cover and the rear of the car,” he said. “Looking at the layout of this track and the characteristics of our car, I think we can approach this race weekend with a lot of optimism.”