Kamui Kobayashi says he is confident of a strong showing on home soil at Suzuka next weekend as Sauber seeks to bounce back from a tough weekend in Singapore.
After an impressive end to the European season, where Sergio Perez took a podium finish at Monza, Sauber struggled for speed in F1's night race and picked up just a single point – and only then thanks to a post-race penalty for Mark Webber.
Kobayashi will hope for better fortune as he heads into the Japanese Grand Prix, and with new parts being introduced, he said he was confident about his chances.
“I'm very much looking forward to my home Grand Prix in Suzuka,” he said. “I think our car should be very fast there and we also will get new parts on the C31 for the Japanese Grand Prix. I am confident about getting a good result in front of my fellow countrymen.”
Kobayashi added that Suzuka was a special circuit on which to race, and one where drivers face a constant battle to get more from the track.
“Suzuka is a very special place,” he said. “I'm sure a lot of drivers would agree it is a really great circuit. It is a very technical track, really exciting to drive and challenging, especially because it is so difficult to put a perfect lap together there. I would say at most of the circuits it takes no more than 20-30 laps to really learn them.
“Some are getting boring even before that, but in Suzuka you are still learning and improving after you have done hundreds of laps.”