Kamui Kobayashi praised his team’s effort in getting both cars to finish for the first time in 2010 last weekend.
But he admitted reaching the top ten in qualifying gave him more satisfaction:
Definitely qualifying means more to me because it shows my true performance. In a race you can always benefit from somebody else’s misfortune or have an issue yourself. That makes the race result something different. Qualifying is about pure performance, and I think if we get everything right we always have a chance to get into the final qualifying session.
He urged the team to build on its progress in Turkey over the coming races:
The team did a really good job that weekend. We had some very difficult situations in the previous races, so it was really nice to bring both cars home in Istanbul and get this point. But it is only a single point, and that is not something we should be satisfied with. It can only be the first step.
After a string of races at tracks he is familiar with racing at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will be a new experience for Kobayashi:
Canada will be a new track for me. I don’t even know it from the simulator and so have to learn it in free practice.
Obviously other drivers will have an advantage here, but I don’t see it as a problem. In general I feel we are now on the right path. The way we work together and are attuned to each other has improved, and it was so nice to see the mechanics in Istanbul smiling for the first time after the race!
Until then I had only seen disappointed faces on Sunday nights. With this positive feeling, that everybody will now pick up on, and our improvements to the car, I’m sure we will be doing better in the future.
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