Kobayashi’s kart and Liuzzi’s special helmet for Japan

2011 Japanese GP Thursday pictures

Japan’s only F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi put on a show for fans at the track on Thursday as he took to the track in a box car built to look like his Sauber F1 racer.

Vitantonio Liuzzi also made a gesture to the Japanese fans, wearing a special helmet in memory of those who died in the tsunami earlier this year.

Here are pictures from Thursday at Suzuka.

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Images ?? Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo, Renault/LAT, Getty Images/Red Bull, Force India/Sutton, Sauber F1 Team, Team Lotus, Motioncompany

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50 comments on Kobayashi’s kart and Liuzzi’s special helmet for Japan

  1. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 6th October 2011, 16:21

    I love this.

  2. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 6th October 2011, 16:23

    That kart’s gonna put Formula One cars to shame :)

  3. Stig 3 (@thestig94) said on 6th October 2011, 16:23

    Great pictures!

  4. Slr (@slr) said on 6th October 2011, 16:26

    I want that kart.

  5. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 6th October 2011, 16:29

    Nice to see Sauber doing something enviromentally friendly. That’s a proper green inline-4 engine.

  6. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 6th October 2011, 16:38

    The Sauber mechanics are all wearing @Magnificent-Geoffrey bandanas! :P

  7. Liuzii’s helmet is gorgeous

    Kobayashi’s kart looks something like what a baby Stig would learn to drive in.

    I’ve noticed Bianchi at Ferrari a lot which is understandable given that for a lot of the year the GP2 circus follows the bigger F1 circus about but he seems to be at home in the F1 spot-light which would be great if he was in F1 or had done something to prove he was deserving of a seat :P I’m just kidding as I actually am a big fan of Jules.

  8. Tommo N7 (@tommothfc) said on 6th October 2011, 17:22

    Sauber have bought some interesting updates for Japan I see ;)
    And Liuzzi’s helmet looks quite nice :)

  9. icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 6th October 2011, 17:31

    Interesting, the force India and HRT team mascots directly represents how good they have performed this year isn’t.

  10. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 6th October 2011, 18:17

    Wow I need that kart!

  11. Eggry (@eggry) said on 6th October 2011, 18:30

    Japan is always great. I hope there would be something good in Korea either.

  12. Stefanauss (@stefanauss) said on 6th October 2011, 18:38

    I don’t like Liuzzi’s helmet a tiny bit.
    What the hack are those matriosk-esque objects with FI and HRT names on them?

  13. OmarR-Pepper (@omarr-pepper) said on 6th October 2011, 18:49

    I don’t get if there’s a potato painted in red or something like that in the Force3 India pic… So nice on the Luzzi’s helmet

    • mcmercslr (@mcmercslr) said on 6th October 2011, 18:53

      I think every driver has been given a little mascot like that. I can’t see how that one represents force India in any way though

    • Klaas (@klaas) said on 7th October 2011, 6:33

      It’s not a potato painted in red nor a mascot. It’s a traditional Japanese one-eyed doll called Daruma. When you receive this doll you make a wish. If that wish is fulfilled, then you paint the other eye too.

  14. mcmercslr (@mcmercslr) said on 6th October 2011, 18:51

    I see liuzzis helmet has the new metal strip above the visor that’s being tested. I’m not sure I like it for looks but I guess we’ll get used to it.

    Is the strip mandatory for all drivers or not as it doesnt look like vettel has it on his new design

  15. icemangrins (@icemangrins) said on 6th October 2011, 19:01

    This interview of Rubens Barrichello indicates that kimi’s William deal is almost certain or decided. He sounds really helpless for a guy who will celebrate 20 years if he stays in the sport next year.

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