Kamui Kobayashi

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Born September 13th 1986 in Amagasaki, Japan
Websites Official Site

A product of the Toyota Drivers Academy, the young Japanese raced in the lower categories  of European racing working his way up to GP2 in 2008 with his F1 testing for the Toyota team starting the year before. Though he did not find success in the main series, he took the winter GP2 Asia series at his first attempt, driving for DAMS.

His F1 debut came in Brazil when he replaced the injured Timo Glock for the final two GP. During the race he controversially dueled with championship contender Jenson Button, who was not kind in his comments about the Japanese's driving. In Abu Dhabi Kobayashi again qualified well and finished a creditable 6th, seemingly locking in a seat for 2010 but Toyota's sudden withdrawal left him without a drive. He stated he would have to go back to working at his father's sushi restaurant, however, Toyota's place was taken by the reformed Sauber team who signed Kobayashi to partner Pedro de la Rosa in 2010. 

Formula One Record

Year Team / # Starts Wins Poles F Lap Pts Pos
2007 Toyota test driver - - - - - -
2008 Toyota test driver - - - - - -
2009 Toyota test driver
Toyota #10
-
2
-
0
-
0
-
0
-
3
-
18th
2010 Sauber-Ferrari #23 19 0 0 0 32 12th
2011 Sauber-Ferrari #16 19 0 0 0 30 12th
2012 Sauber-Ferrari #14 20 0 0 1 60 12th
 

TOTALS:

60 0 0 1 125  

TITLES
2008-09 GP2 Asia Champion
2005 European Formula Renault 2.0 Champion
2005 Italian Formula Renault 2.0 Champion
2002 Formula Toyota runner-up

2007 Toyota team portrait   2010 Sauber team portrait


 

 


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