Yup, completely agreed with all this.
Fingers crossed for a seat next year. Failing that, a third driver role or an LMP1 drive for Toyota. Even if his F1 career is now over, I'll take many fond memories from the last few years:
- Dicing with champion-elect Button during his very first F1 race, at Interlagos in 2009, then rejoining the battle in Abu Dhabi.
- Powersliding through the Wall of Champions chicane in 2011.
- The many great overtaking manoeuvres, too many to mention here.
- The funny interviews and off-track moments.
- And of course, the home podium finish this year, especially the Japanese fans' reaction.
Not bad when his racing career looked to be over after his 2009 GP2 campaign.
I think it's amazing how far he's come really. End of 2009 he had nothing to go to, no real prospects for racing. Glock had his accident, imagine that, if Glock had stayed a few inches to the right, we would never have had Kobayashi in F1 (probably).
Incredbile to think an entire career can revolve around one fraction of a second. Then in two races he made more of an impression on me than any other driver ever. Almost nobody would fight with Button like he did in Brazil his first race. He had so much guts to do that, to try and take his big opportunity in life. And then again in Abu Dhabi fighting with Raikkonen to keep ahead and then again with Button, and beating Trulli.
I think it was quite apt that Kamui started in Brazil fighting with a World Champion, and his last race with Sauber, fighting in Brazil with World Champions.