Can Kobayashi live up to his exciting reputation in 2011?
Kamui Kobayashi 2010 Season StatsLast updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:32 UK
BBC COMMENTATOR MARTIN BRUNDLE'S 2010 REVIEW
"Kamui Kobayashi was a revelation in 2009 when he jumped into Timo Glock's Toyota seat for the final two races.
"He had a reputation to live up to but in the early part of the year he was disappointing.
"The real turning-point came in Valencia when he nailed Fernando Alonso and Sebastien Buemi. His car subsequently improved and his confidence and speed soared.
"Kobayashi's attempts to 'have a go' are at times clumsy but when he pulls off the big overtakes we love it.
"People often talk to me about him and that is because the Japanese driver's reputation has transcended his results."
KOBAYASHI TAKES OUR DRIVERS' TEST
What three words would you use to describe what it's like to be a Formula 1 driver?
Fast, clever, joyful
What is the hardest thing about being an F1 driver?
To learn all the people and their names in a new team.
Formula 1 is not just about the car because
...it is also passion.
If I was in charge of Formula 1 I would...
... strictly have one race in each country.
If I could drive in any era of Formula 1 it would be....
How would you like to be remembered as an F1 driver?
As a winner.
Ayrton Senna or Alain Prost?
KOBAYASHI STATS & FACTS
Previous team: Toyota
Born: 13/09/1986, Amagasaki
Grand Prix debut: Brazil 2009
Spa or Monaco?
If you weren't an F1 driver what would you be?
A sushi master.
Who is your best friend among the drivers?
Which F1 driver tells the worst jokes?
Between the drivers we don't have much to joke about.
Describe yourself in a few words.
I'm able to draw a line between my professional and my private life. I know when it is time to take things serious and when I'm free to enjoy life.
Do you excel at any other sports?
What is your favourite song?
Michael Jackson songs
What car(s) other than an F1 car do you drive?
Mostly rental cars and I take a lot of taxis
What is your favourite music to drive to?
What's the last book that you read?
I don't remember, it must have been a school book.
What would be your perfect day off?
Being alone in a quiet and warm place to relax, a beach would be nice.
Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Maldives - I love the beach and I like diving
Which famous person - dead or alive - would you like to have dinner with and why?
Several top athletes - it would be interesting to talk to them and to learn from them.
Tell us something about yourself that most F1 fans might not know.
Apparently everybody thinks I'm an aggressive person. I'm not!