Kamui Kobayashi reckons he should be able to score points in India next weekend and a good result could be critical if paddock speculation about his Sauber seat is to be believed.
Kobayashi had a disastrous outing in Korea and after making contact with both Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg on the opening lap, he was finally forced to park his C31 on lap 17 due to accident damage.
The result was in stark contrast to how he did in Japan just seven days earlier, when he took a sensational third in front of his home crowd – his maiden F1 rostrum finish.
While the result at Suzuka was hailed as a possible life line though, his erratic start in Yeongam triggered rumours to the opposite effect
and he knows his performances now could be critical, as he looks to ensure he remains in F1 in 2013.
“I am keen to see what the Buddh Internatinoal Circuit will be like when we arrive there for the second time,” Kobayashi pondered ahead of the 17th round in the F1 2012 World Championship.
“Last year everything was new and the surface was very dusty. The track lay out as such should probably mean our performance will be average, which means we should be able to score points there.
“It is a bit similar to the Korean circuit, which might have something to do with the fact the same designer did it at about the same time.”
Meanwhile, Kobayashi also added that he is hoping to see a bit more of the country this time: “Unfortunately I haven't seen much of India yet,” he admitted.
“What I really love is Indian butter chicken – an Indian classic dish and one of my all time favourites.
“Perhaps this year I can manage to go and visit the city of New Delhi too, but it is quite far away from the track and, as it is so big, it is not easy to get your bearings there,” he added.