What a difference two races can make for a kid out of Japan. In what has to be classified as a feel good story for the sport, Kamui Kobayashi has EARNED a spot on the 2010 grid with the Sauber F1 Team.
The Japanese pilot was Toyota’s reserve driver for 2009 and was put into active duty for the team during the last two races for the injured Timo Glock. His performance was magical and a real joy to watch on the circuit, and his personality was equally good. All looked set for Kobi to have a seat in 2010 for Toyota when the team decided it would end its involvement in the sport. Kobayashi lacked enough funding to buy his way into a seat and was prepared to return to his native Japan to make Sushi when Peter Sauber did what he does so well, give a young kid a chance.
So the stage is set for Kamui to race a full calendar in 2010 and is now awaiting a teammate to join him. Sauber added that Kobi had a very aggressive approach to racing in F1, but was still able to carry out a strategy if the team needed him too. This was never more the case than the way that he handled Jenson Button during the last two events. Making it look all too easy as he served the soon to be world champion his backside.
We here at openpaddock.net are very happy for Kamui and we all think he deserved this seat. Listen to episode 19 tonight as we explain our opinion on the situation. Nobody on the grid impressed me more during Brazil and Abu Dhabi than this kid. He will have a lot of eyes on him as he works with a man that is notorious for making championship caliber drivers.