A great personality, but not a good enough driver to be in F1.
I think comparing Kobayashi to him does Kobayashi a great disservice. He’s shown a lot of promise and is in his car on merit alone, whereas Sato’s connections with Honda have furthered his career some way beyond where he would have got on talent alone.
I’m fairly sure Coulthard didn’t like him being there personally. When Lee asked him the difference between Indy and F1 you could tell he was getting annoyed. Especially when he mentioned an Indy car generating 6g’s instead of 5, plus the cars being heavier and what not. I think it must’ve brought up some hatred in DC’s memory of arguing which are the hardest cars to drive. (It comes up a lot with when talking with friends).
I was comparing Kobayashi’s attitude towards wheel to wheel racing with Sato as opposed to their racing skill. To be perfectly honest with what I have seen from both drivers I agree that Kamui is the better driver in terms of speed and racecraft. The only reservation I have is that we never got to see how Sato would have performed in a post 2009 (return of slicks/new aero regulations) car to make a completly fair judgement on how good he would be in F1 now.