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Looking to bounce back after a lacklustre end to 2011, Kamui Kobayashi started well, with points in Melbourne, but his season was a mixed bag of good and mediocre thereafter. The good was often very good, with fourth in Germany and fifth in Spain only being topped by an emotional maiden podium in front of an adoring home crowd at Suzuka, but Kobayashi also missed the top ten with some regularity. With Sauber hoping to overhaul Mercedes for fifth place in the constructors’ championship the end of year misfires from both Kobayashi and team-mate Sergio Perez left the Swiss team short, although the two drivers proved equally matched by their individual totals. Indeed, with the Mexican failing to add to his tally in the final six races, some cynics suggested McLaren may have taken the wrong Sauber driver...