I believe it is a good place for him, I think he mostly realised his potential in F1, but it would be utterly fantastic if he could become a strong GT racer, maybe prototypes one day soon. Kobayashi winning Le Mans would be brilliant.
@ajokay I’m not sure if Silverstone will be anything like Sebring, but I’m guessing that most WEC/ALMS races have some form of autograph sessions set up for you to meet the drivers. One thing I’ve found is that the ex-F1 refugees tend to be a bit less approachable vs the lifetime sports car guys. Being fan-friendly isn’t something that’s emphasized in F1 so you can see how their mindsets towards the fans are mostly set in the F1 way.
@codesurge There is a pitlane walkabout on the Sunday, but the paddock is open all weekend. I met Martin Brundle last year and had a brief encounter with Alex Wurz and Peter Dunbreck, so yeah, the opportunities are there. I imagine Kamui would be a fairly approachable guy though.
@codesurge@ajokay I was up at Silverstone on Friday and hung around the paddock between FP1 and FP2 and got quite a few pictures of drivers. I did meet Kamui but very briefly, I was hanging out mainly by Bruno’s garage but keeping an eye on the Ferrari motorhome down the paddock and Kamui came in and out a couple of times, but every time he sprinted between them. I think you’re right in the sense that the ex F1 drivers are kinda expecting a mob of fans, screaming and shouting at them. Me and another guy managed to stop him with an improvised pincer movement and got his autograph (woohoo!) but I think we were probably two of the very few who managed it. Not sure how much more he relaxed over the weekend but I hope he did. Didn’t see Bruno, but don’t know how much that was down to the engine problems in FP1. Hopefully once they get into the swing of WEC they’ll feel able to interact with the fans a bit more!
I very much became an un-fan of Kamui this weekend. On 4 different occasions did we cross paths. Tried to shake hands, have a chat, wish him good luck, get a photograph and/or autograph. Blanked. Completely blanked each time. My friends managed to get a scrawl that could only be described as half an autograph out of him… I’d rather like that money back now that I gave him to help him get his F1 seat…
I don’t think it’s anything to do with being ex-F1. I was also fortunate enough to happen across Tonio Luizzi, Alex Wurz, Bruno Senna and Alex Brundle. All smiles, hand shakes, autographs and photographs. Anthony Davidson was the icing on the cake though. Took time to chat, post for numerous photos. He even signed my ticket stub right before he put his helmet on, taking great care in doing so. Top notch bloke.