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A profile of Sauber Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi

Kamui Kobayashi
Kobayashi has struggled to replicate his fine 2010 form this season

Kamui Kobayashi 2011 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:31 UK
Race Date Start Finish Race Pts Total Pts
Australian GP 27 Mar 2011 9 22 0 0
Malaysian GP 10 Apr 2011 10 7 6 6
Chinese GP 17 Apr 2011 13 10 1 7
Turkish GP 8 May 2011 24 10 1 8
Spanish GP 22 May 2011 14 10 1 9
Monaco GP 29 May 2011 13 5 10 19
Canadian Grand Prix 12 Jun 2011 13 7 6 25
European GP 26 Jun 2011 14 16 0 25
British GP 10 Jul 2011 8 22 0 25
German GP 24 Jul 2011 18 9 2 27
Hungarian GP 31 Jul 2011 13 11 0 27
Belgian GP 28 Aug 2011 12 12 0 27
Italian GP 11 Sep 2011 17 18 0 27
Singapore GP 25 Sep 2011 17 14 0 27
Japanese GP 9 Oct 2011 7 13 0 27
Korean Grand Prix 16 Oct 2011 14 15 0 27
Indian Grand Prix 30 Oct 2011 17 24 0 27
Abu Dhabi GP 13 Nov 2011 16 10 1 28
Brazilian GP 27 Nov 2011 16 9 2 30

"Kamui Kobayashi has been strangely anonymous in 2011.

"The Pirelli/Kers/DRS package created much more overtaking for everyone and his special skills in that department were diminished.

"The Sauber hasn't been particularly strong, although a string of six points' finishes was impressive early season.

"He seems to have lost a little of the fire we enjoyed so much last year."


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… 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?

Previous team: Toyota
Nationality: Japanese
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?

Kazuki Nakajima

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?

Water 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?

House music

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!

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