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#1401 Don_Humpador

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:49

Amazing!! :up: :up:

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#1402 FenderJaguar

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:49

he might have saved his F1 career today. great effort.

#1403 Longtimefan

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:49

Fantastic result. Great job Kamui!!



#1404 Raziel

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:51

Great job Kamui! I am so happy for you now! Well done! :up:

#1405 kosmos

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:53

Fantastic job, I hope this secures his future. :up:

#1406 Louis Mr. F1

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:54

Was he translating for Vettel to the Japanese crowd?

#1407 Collective

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:54

Lovely drive!!! They must keep him!!! Finally a pass from bad luck for this guy.

#1408 dau

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:55

Was he translating for Vettel to the Japanese crowd?

Yup.

#1409 MinardiSpeed

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:55

I am impressed, Sauber/Kamui doing it with pure pace.

Congratulations KK!!!

it would be a farce if he doesnt' have a F1 drive next year.


#1410 MonacoMaster

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:57

Well done Kamui-san!

#1411 Alx09

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 07:59

Brilliant!

#1412 Kyo

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:00

so happy for him. really hope he keep his seat. :up:

#1413 onewingedangel

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:00

Can he now get a Japanese sponsor behind him to secure a seat for next year? He has to seize the opportunity when it's there.

#1414 Lamag

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:00

BONSAI KOBAYASHI, WELL DONE

#1415 klyster

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:01

Excellent race Kamui :up:

Exciting ending with Jenson, a real nailbiter!

#1416 jals99

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:06

Great job by Kamui:)

#1417 Jimisgod

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:08

BONSAI KOBAYASHI, WELL DONE


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#1418 teejay

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:09

Awesome awesome awesome!

Well done KK!

#1419 dreamer

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:16

At last!!! I was really happy for his podium!

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#1420 encircled

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:16

Great race from Kamui, keeping Jenson at bay until the finish.

#1421 STRFerrari4Ever

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:18

Can he now get a Japanese sponsor behind him to secure a seat for next year? He has to seize the opportunity when it's there.

Panasonic maybe?

Sony?

A lot of good Japanese companies that could jump on his bandwagon.

#1422 Rentta

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:24

Great result and podium from maybe least japanese japanese f1 driver ever =)

#1423 TFLB

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:42

Good to see he got a result in a fair fight rather than just by having fresher tyres.

#1424 skywing

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:45

Good to see he got a result in a fair fight rather than just by having fresher tyres.

:up:

#1425 f1roll

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:48

I'm soooo happy for you too Kamui san, awesome drive!:)
P3 is great result but I know you can do better so next time aim for win;P
Sauber pit crew has done a great job aswell :clap:

#1426 qczhao

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:48

The last few laps were so tense! :drunk:

Glad he managed to hold on for the podium! :D

#1427 my_own_shadow

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:56

Well done Kamui! :clap: It was really a pleasure to watch your performace during the race! :up:

#1428 TheUltimateWorrier

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 08:58

Fantastic stuff Kamui :up:

Panasonic maybe?

Sony?

A lot of good Japanese companies that could jump on his bandwagon.

I hope this is the case, too good to not be on the grid next year.

#1429 jjcale

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 09:00

:clap: :clap: :clap:

#1430 evilraver

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 09:10

Wooooooooahhhhhh!!!!! I'm soooooooooooooo happy for him, I really really wish this secures his seat for next year.

The podium celebration with all the people cheering "Ka-mu-i!!!" was ufffff...SO EMOTIONAL :cry:

Goooooo Kamuiiii....!!!! :clap:

#1431 SennaJordan

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 09:30

Congrats. Happy for him. Hope he gets to keep his seat for next year. I think he deserves it.

#1432 Wander

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 09:59

Kamui is as good as Perez.

#1433 sofarapartguy

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:06

Kamui is as good as Perez.

TBH I think Koba is better as he is much cleaner driver and better overtaker.

And btw, he has got to a podium today without any strategic delights.

#1434 Jimisgod

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:09

50 - 66 points, it's getting closer. :)

#1435 smoothcrim

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:09

Koba is a favorite of mine,im so happy for him.He has had so much bad luck this year.Hope he can keep getting podiums.

#1436 F1ultimate

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:14

Awesome. He got one up on golden boy. Well deserved.

#1437 XOR

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:08

Japanese hero! Brilliand drive!

#1438 PaulD.

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:23

finally, this was so overdue...! great job by Kamui and the team, brilliant pitstops and good strategiec calls.

The pace of the car looks really awesome, lets hope he gets a couple more clean races, would be awesome.

#1439 billm99uk

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:26

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


Heh. Luckily he got a good start this time and stayed ahead of the Grosjean-related action :p

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#1440 jjcale

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:28

Can we call Koba the best japanese driver of all time already?


yes... he's been that for a while now

#1441 olliek88

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 11:29

Kamui is as good as Perez.


Its hard to argue with that. I thought Perez would show KK up when he joined but Koba has done a great job, he's just been unlucky whereas Sergio's qualy performance's have allowed him to take a risk with strategy, today things finally went his way. Very happy for the lad.

#1442 Talisman

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:10

Great result today, very emotional watching him on the podium with the Japanese crowd calling out his name in unison. At last, the podium that his pace on many Saturdays before demonstrated he could get.

Sky did two interviews with Monisha after quali and the race. She's got a great poker face. They were asking her how she could drop him after he'd outqualified his teammate yet again and whether a podium would guarantee his seat. I got the impression from her answer that it would probably take more than a podium for him to race next year.

Shame, especially when guys like Grosjean are almost guaranteed to race for a good team next year.

Edited by Talisman, 07 October 2012 - 12:11.


#1443 Sakae

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:25

Sauber team is just superb, better than Mercedes considering their limited resources, and I really wish Kamu can stay, but if not, perhaps next year Lotus and to partner Kimi would be an option. (Depends whether Gro will survive the storm).

#1444 DutchQuicksilver

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:26

Kobayashi is too inconsistent, I think that's why Sauber has doubts to retain him. I mean, one race he sits top 5, whilst the next race he qualifies and finishes outside of the top ten for no apparent reason. Of course there's no guarantee that an Alguersuari would do better, but I can understand Sauber wants a fresh face after three years with Kamui. That's also why he's not good enough for a near top team like Lotus.

Edited by DutchQuicksilver, 07 October 2012 - 12:27.


#1445 Sakae

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:31

Great result today, very emotional watching him on the podium with the Japanese crowd calling out his name in unison. At last, the podium that his pace on many Saturdays before demonstrated he could get.

Sky did two interviews with Monisha after quali and the race. She's got a great poker face. They were asking her how she could drop him after he'd outqualified his teammate yet again and whether a podium would guarantee his seat. I got the impression from her answer that it would probably take more than a podium for him to race next year.

Shame, especially when guys like Grosjean are almost guaranteed to race for a good team next year.

Maybe so, but team has a great momentum they would loose by having two new drivers. Kamu can support their effort, and besides, I do not see too many famous names knocking on the door (yet). Who would replace him? If Sauber can raise their performance a notch higher yet next year, they will be a desirable team to drive for.

#1446 Jimisgod

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:39

Kobayashi is too inconsistent, I think that's why Sauber has doubts to retain him. I mean, one race he sits top 5, whilst the next race he qualifies and finishes outside of the top ten for no apparent reason. Of course there's no guarantee that an Alguersuari would do better, but I can understand Sauber wants a fresh face after three years with Kamui. That's also why he's not good enough for a near top team like Lotus.


:rotfl: And Grosjean is better? One race he qualifies well, then the next 3 he takes himself out at corner one.

#1447 mich

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:46

Lotus should get Kamui if Kimi has gone to Ferrari.

#1448 Wander

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 12:55

Kobayashi is too inconsistent, I think that's why Sauber has doubts to retain him. I mean, one race he sits top 5, whilst the next race he qualifies and finishes outside of the top ten for no apparent reason. Of course there's no guarantee that an Alguersuari would do better, but I can understand Sauber wants a fresh face after three years with Kamui. That's also why he's not good enough for a near top team like Lotus.


I honestly think he's just been more unlucky than Perez.

I hope he can rack up a great string of results to end his season. Maybe that'll get him a seat again. After all, it's not the first time Kobayashi has been under pressure.

#1449 KinoNoNo

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Posted 07 October 2012 - 13:09

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

Yes he aced it when the pressure was on :clap:


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Posted 07 October 2012 - 13:17

Kobayashi is too inconsistent, I think that's why Sauber has doubts to retain him. I mean, one race he sits top 5, whilst the next race he qualifies and finishes outside of the top ten for no apparent reason.

rubbish. I can explain with logic the reasons for his finishing position for each and every single race.

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OZ
his rear wing flap was damaged at T1 of opening lap and was flipfloping for whole race

Malaysia
his rear damper was slowly failing from in the middle of FP3. Team could identify the problem only because he kept insisting sth was defo wrong with rear suspension for several hours after Quali.
In the race, he asked for wet tyres on lap 3 or so but team ordered him to stay out (eventually pitting lap 9 or so). When it was drying up, he asked for dry tyres earlier but again team ordered him to stay out. Eventually his brake failed and had to retire.

China
good quali. But during support race on sunday morning, a car put oil patch exactly on his starting position, which hindered his start apparently.

Spain
his Q2 best lap was set with right rear tyre (iirc) being sprayed with leaking oil from his car. Without which he wouldve started from better position and might have finished higher.

Monaco
taken off at St devote several sec after the start. Also, he insisted different tyre choice for Quali than team's recommendation. and it turned out that his choice seemed to be correct.

Canada
stuck behind Kimi and di Resta for long time at critical point of the race, which cost him 15sec at minimum. Plus team changed strategy from 2 stopper to 1 stopper in the middle of the race. SS>S 1 stopper was the strategy that was meant to fail in the first place. Plus, before the race, he insisted 1 stopper strongly, same as his teammate's, but the team denied it.

also the team gave slow 1st pitstop at Valencia, 1st corner incident at Spa, etc

Besides above, he had minor bad lucks here and there, like slow pitstop (like 8sec instead of 5), questioning strategic call (earlier than planned pitstop despite his good pace), all resulted in lost position and time at critical timing.

Also races like Barcelona and Germany, he had to stuck behind slower car for many laps despite having pace and good strategy. Kamui just is without luck, almost miracle-esque.

note that I'm not remembering them all nor catching them all.


Also Sauber is good at circuits like Spa, Suzuka with flowing layout and smooth surface, but quite awful at stop-go circuit like Hungary and Singapore. Also at many circuits Williams and FI cars were as strong as or stronger than Sauber.

(but the likes of Brundle, Allen, Herbert etc are no better than you, they are the ones incapable and driving this "Kamui driving for his career" spin, you're just one of victims of that)

Edited by muramasa, 07 October 2012 - 13:23.