Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Kobayashi aims for zero mistakes in 2011

2010 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Abu Dhabi, 2010
Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Kamui Kobayashi says he’s hoping to build on his 2010 campaign with an error-free 2011 season.

Sauber published the following Q&A with the Japanese driver:

How would you summarise your season?

Kamui Kobayashi: We had a lot of ups and downs, but overall we had a good season. In the beginning we were struggling a lot. This was a pretty bad time. It was hard, and it was very difficult to recover from this situation during the season, because nowadays there is no testing. Despite this, towards the end of the season we were much stronger. The team did a great job to recover from this and I want to thank them for all their work.

In which area did you improve the most?

KK: In every area. This is how it has to be, especially if you are a rookie.

What was the best moment of 2010 for you?

KK: I think I had an interesting race in Japan. It was a very nice moment for me and for the Japanese fans.

Which was the worst experience?

KK: That was when I crashed on the first lap of the Canadian Grand Prix.

What is your secret for overtaking?

KK: Because I am Japanese I have small eyes ?ǣ so I can?t see the others guys.

…and seriously?

KK: If I feel I can overtake I just do it. That?s all, no secret.

What do you want to achieve in 2011?

KK: My personal aim is to make zero mistakes. For the team I hope we will have a good car, and be able to fight for points on a regular basis to improve our position in the championship.

What will you do in the winter break?

KK: I have some appointments in Japan and I will be returning to Abu Dhabi soon for the opening ceremony of the Ferrari World. I will also spend two weeks on holiday in Bali and, of course, I will be training. But in terms of fitness training, it helps that nowadays we have more time during the season to exercise because it is also very important to be able to do this consistently.

If you had a free wish ?ǣ what would it be?

KK: This is an easy one to answer. In Japanese Mangas there is a kind of ??where-do-you-want-to-go-to? door. You decide where you would want to go, step through this special door and you are there. This would be a great thing to have ?ǣ I could have a beautiful house anywhere in the world, maybe on a nice island, and sleep there every night!

Read more: Kamui Kobayashi biography

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61 comments on “Kobayashi aims for zero mistakes in 2011”

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  1. Fine, lets say the Hulk is inconsistent. Would you say the same about Kubica and Rosberg?

    “Car in front was just helpless and disadvantaged…”

    The same applies to most of the drivers when overtaken by Alonso, Hamilton etc. Unfortunately overtaking cannot represent a drivers ability because if you are willing to take tires into consideration you must also include the cars ability itself. There is no denying that some drivers in slower cars could be able to take on the likes of Vettel and so on, but we cant see their talent because most only look at the front running cars. I dont want to be discredit your chart because its based on facts but conditions are not all the same for all the drivers.

  2. Go Kobi-yeshi! future WDC!!

  3. kobayashi is the guy and he has a sense of humor.
    I hope to god that sauber have a faster car for next year so that we can see him racing at the front.

    Just picture him and vettel facing of on the track

  4. Kamui is a Beast on track! Having the testicular fortitude ( that some may confuse with temerity) to challenge Jenson as he did last season, said all that was needed about this guy! I predict as others have said he will be awesome in a competitive car… Hopefully, the sauber will be at least a bit better next year.

  5. I absolutely love this guy. Very funny, bags of personality and a proper aggressive racer.

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