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#1351 SpaceHorseParty

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 15:08

Yeah, the results haven't worked out for him this year but his qualifying has improved so much this year. Last year I remember he was more often than not behind Sergio, but this year it's the opposite.

He's had two good seasons already in F1 and one season which isn't bad, but not gone as everyone would have hoped for. I don't see why he should be dropped. It's a shame, if he was the one who scored a couple of podiums, he would have been considered by McLaren.


It seems that Kobayashi is, sadly, becoming the Heidfeld of this generation. Both of them were considered to be talented when they came to F1 (Heidfeld for his F3000 results, Kobayashi for when he replaced Glock). Both drove for Sauber and had a good teammate who got promoted to McLaren (although in Nick's case that was much more painful, as he was their test driver). When Nick got a chance of driving for a top-tier team, it was either uncompetitive (Williams 2005) or he was overlooked because of his teammate's performances (BMW Sauber 2008).

I hope this will not be the case for Kobayashi. I would love to see him on the top step of the podium one day.



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#1352 Jimisgod

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 17:27

Koba needs something crazy in the next 6 races. A win and it will be future sealed like Maldonado, a 2nd will probably do it, too. Apart from Montoya (for other reasons), race winners never leave F1 in a hurry. Sauber just wants some more silverware now Perez has given him some.

#1353 muramasa

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 17:58

Does that hairpin at Suzuka have a name. Since the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix, I've always dubbed it "Hairpin Kobayashi", it just sounds right too.

I remember I explained that with logic several times to you, but you still keep going at it. You are alot better than that arent you, but no one's perfect..


#1354 King Six

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 18:46

Huh?

#1355 Don_Humpador

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 15:54

We learn more about Koba!

http://www.formula1....2/10/13857.html

Q: What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a race?
KK: I wash my clothes. I don’t have a huge selection of clothes so whenever I get home I immediately wash my clothes. Sometimes I then have nothing for the day after.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?
KK: The smell of women



#1356 Kyo

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 16:12

We learn more about Koba!

http://www.formula1....2/10/13857.html

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

#1357 Andrew Hope

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 16:28

What an amazing interview :D.

#1358 Santosdf

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 17:17

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Likeable guy and a good racer , I hope he stays in F1

#1359 Kyo

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 17:31

Likeable guy and a good racer , I hope he stays in F1

yeah, i hope he stays. I quite like his weirdness.

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#1360 LH08WDC

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 23:55

Love his weakness - carrots. Awesome guy.

#1361 TheUltimateWorrier

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 00:03

Interesting tweet from Luiz Razia the other day (that I think he has since deleted but others are quoting).

Razia: Sauber seat unlikely for me as they want an experienced driver.


Does this mean that Kamui's bacon has been saved and he's the experienced driver paired with someone like Gutierrez next season?

#1362 sofarapartguy

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 07:07

Interesting tweet from Luiz Razia the other day (that I think he has since deleted but others are quoting).

Does this mean that Kamui's bacon has been saved and he's the experienced driver paired with someone like Gutierrez next season?


IF Telmex money stays with Sauber then I don't see any reason to sack Kamui - this block gets better with every season. Herr Sauber, well known for his ability to spot the young talent, should stick with Koba I believe.

Edited by sofarapartguy, 04 October 2012 - 07:07.


#1363 Sanman59

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 10:50

Interesting tweet from Luiz Razia the other day (that I think he has since deleted but others are quoting).



Does this mean that Kamui's bacon has been saved and he's the experienced driver paired with someone like Gutierrez next season?



Yes, I think so. They will need continuity and experience with a rookie (Gutierrez) coming in. No likely to take Alguersuari who is being heavilly courted by Caterham.

:D

#1364 marcoferrari

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 06:49

Seems like Kobayashi has generally improved his one lap pace, but is somehow struggling with pace over a distance... I am curious about what he will achieve tomorrow... But starting inside the top 5 didn t bring him very good results so far...

Edited by marcoferrari, 06 October 2012 - 06:49.


#1365 STRFerrari4Ever

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 06:53

Please please no penalty and keep it together in the race Kamui, a podium would be amazing for him.

#1366 Starish

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 06:57

Yup, it was the opposite last year, I think he was better off having his race pace, its not like he was that far behind in qualifying, but hey.. he is head over heels on Perez in qualy, its surprising his pace is up there with the aliens even sometimes. Sauber can become his team if he plays his cards right after all this car is all of his hard work yet no one sees that.

#1367 DracoN

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 07:00

@tgruener
#F1 By the way: No penalty against @kamui_kobayashi. Telemetry shows clearly, he slowed down sufficiently and he didn't use KERS or DRS. :clap:

#1368 dau

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 07:05

@tgruener
#F1 By the way: No penalty against @kamui_kobayashi. Telemetry shows clearly, he slowed down sufficiently and he didn't use KERS or DRS. :clap:

Thank god. When i saw Kimi in the gravel i thought Koba was screwed. I have no idea how he could've done those sector times when slowing for yellow flags, but i want him to do well here, i'm not going to question that too much.

Edited by dau, 06 October 2012 - 07:07.


#1369 MrMontecarlo

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 08:42

How much time do you think Kobayashi lost because of the yellow flag? I had bet on him to be Top 3, shit happens.

#1370 TFLB

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 08:52

How much time do you think Kobayashi lost because of the yellow flag? I had bet on him to be Top 3, shit happens.

Maybe a tenth or two at most. I don't think he was that badly affected, because he was probably not going to beat the Red Bulls, and will start third anyway.

#1371 Bunchies

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 11:58

Kamui is the winner! :up: :up:

With the right strategy, a podium should be on the cards. Itte, Kamui!

Edited by Bunchies, 06 October 2012 - 12:00.


#1372 KinoNoNo

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 12:59

Fingers crossed for a decent start for a change, because he has been god awful off the line recently ):

Edited by KinoNoNo, 06 October 2012 - 13:07.


#1373 schumimercamg

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 13:01

Well done Kamui. A strong result tomorrow and you will have earned your place next year.

#1374 KavB

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 13:03

Hopefully things go better than at Spa! Come on Kamui, show everyone that you're the real deal as well as Perez.

#1375 evilraver

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 13:10

Please please please!!! No more wheel spinning at the start!!! :cry:

Goooo Kamuiiii....!!!! :clap:

#1376 tkulla

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 13:30

@tgruener
#F1 By the way: No penalty against @kamui_kobayashi. Telemetry shows clearly, he slowed down sufficiently and he didn't use KERS or DRS. :clap:


Makes you wonder... if we were anywhere but Suzuka. Glad for KK though, hoping for a strong race tomorrow.

#1377 William Hunt

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 13:38

let's hope he can keep his seat but I fear that money is going to play an important role and he has less than several others without a seat (e.g. Alguersuari, Pic).

Edited by William Hunt, 06 October 2012 - 13:38.


#1378 dau

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 13:54

Makes you wonder... if we were anywhere but Suzuka. Glad for KK though, hoping for a strong race tomorrow.

The race stewards aren't Japanese, so i don't know how his nationality would've helped. Also, on this video, you can clearly hear him accelerating right after passing the scene of the accident:



So maybe he really did lift sufficiently and just made up enough time in the other corners.

#1379 muramasa

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 13:56

Makes you wonder... if we were anywhere but Suzuka. Glad for KK though, hoping for a strong race tomorrow.

didnt similar thing happen to Alonso earlier in the season, under yellow flag situation Alonso cleverly lifted off throttle without losing much time and got away with it? Maybe it wasnt exactly like that, but I reckon it's hardly impossible.



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#1380 tkulla

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 14:05

The race stewards aren't Japanese, so i don't know how his nationality would've helped. Also, on this video, you can clearly hear him accelerating right after passing the scene of the accident:



So maybe he really did lift sufficiently and just made up enough time in the other corners.


I'm sure there's a technical justification for not penalizing Kamui, but if I were a steward I'd probably give a thought to the passionate fans in attendance and be reluctant to draw a hard line. Personally I think it's the right call even without that empathy.

#1381 STRFerrari4Ever

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 14:56

If he gets on the podium I'd be over the moon, one of the most likeable drivers out there.

#1382 jeze

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 15:00

I hope he pulls a Pérez on Vettel tomorrow but not holding my breath.

#1383 Santosdf

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 15:09

Go Kamui , I hope for a clean start and 2 Saubers on the podium :smoking:

#1384 bub

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 15:50

If he gets on the podium I'd be over the moon, one of the most likeable drivers out there.


+1 :up:

#1385 billm99uk

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 15:55

He's alongside Grosjean. Let's hope Romain behaves this time :eek:

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 16:38

I would dearly love to see Kamui get a podium tomorrow. He's immensely fun to watch and I would really like to see him keep his seat next year.

#1387 midgrid

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 20:32

After the frustration of Spa, I'm just hoping for a clean first corner and lap. Hopefully a good result will follow from this.

#1388 jjcale

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 20:35

Its about time he got on the Podium in that Sauber .... here's hoping it will be tomorrow!

#1389 jondon

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 22:05

I would dearly love to see Kamui get a podium tomorrow. He's immensely fun to watch and I would really like to see him keep his seat next year.


Definitely hope he gets a podium, he deserves one on merit and how sweet it would be for him in Japan!

#1390 F1FAN013

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 22:11

It is a great opportunity for Kobayashi. A good result would make it difficult for Sauber to drop him. He can definitely fight for a podium.

#1391 WatchingF1since4yearsold

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 22:31

I like Kobayashi, I hope Sauber stick with him for 2013.

#1392 Louis Mr. F1

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:34

Well Done Kamui on your first podium finish, in front of your home crowd.

it was nerve wrecking in the final laps.

#1393 sofarapartguy

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:34

THAT IS MY BOY! :up: :up: :up: :up:

#1394 LH08WDC

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:35

You did it!!!!

#1395 Sakae

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:37

You did it!!!!

Yes, he really has, and on home soil. Congratulation. :up: :up:

#1396 Coral

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:40

Well done Kamui...fantastic performance in your home race! But how nerve-wracking were those final laps?! Congratulations! :up: :up: :up:

#1397 Sinceref189

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:41

So happy for you Kobi brilliant driver and once again well done to sauber , this car must be a pleasure to drive

#1398 F1FAN013

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:42

Great drive especially handling all the pressure on the last few laps. :up:

#1399 911

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:42

WOOHOOOOO, KAMUI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's so nice to hear the crowd chant, "Ka-mu-i, Ka-mu-i, Ka-mu-i"

Awesome!

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#1400 Zava

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:44

wooo, great drive!
also first sauber podium done the traditional way :) hope they reatin him!