Formula 1 Driver Details

Kamui Kobayashi

Data and Statistics

Date of Birth September 8, 1986 Championships 5 (0 Won)
Place of Birth Amagasaki, JPN Grand Prix 69 (0 Won)
Nationality JPN Podiums 1
Weight/Height 63 kg / 170 cm Poles 0
First GP October 19, 2009 Fastest Laps 1
Last GP July 6, 2014 Highest Position 3 (x1)
Constructors Toyota, Sauber, Caterham Highest Pole 2 (x0)
Website www.kamui-kobayashi.com
Pole
Position
Race
Position
Race
Points
Year/Team1234567891011121314151617181920PtsPos
2014
Caterham F1
AUS
0RET14
MYS
01320
BHR
01518
CHN
01818
ESP
0RET20
MCO
01320
CAN
0RET21
AUT
01619
GBR
01522
021
2012
Sauber
AUS
8613
MYS
0RET17
CHN
1103
BHR
01312
ESP
1059
MCO
0DNF11
CAN
2911
EUR
0RET7
GBR
01117
DEU
12412
HUN
01815
BEL
0132
ITA
298
SGP
01317
JPN
1533
KOR
0RET13
IND
01417
ARE
8615
USA
01416
BRA
2914
6012
2011
Sauber
AUS
0DSQ9
MYS
6710
CHN
11013
TUR
11024
ESP
11014
MCO
10512
CAN
6713
EUR
01614
GBR
0RET8
DEU
2917
HUN
01113
BEL
01212
ITA
0DNF17
SGP
01417
JPN
0137
KOR
01514
IND
0DNF17
ARE
11016
BRA
2916
3012
2010
BMW Sauber
BHR
0RET16
AUS
0RET16
MYS
0RET9
CHN
0RET15
ESP
01210
MCO
0RET16
TUR
11010
CAN
0RET18
EUR
6718
GBR
8612
DEU
01112
HUN
2923
BEL
4817
ITA
0RET13
SGP
0RET10
JPN
6714
KOR
4812
BRA
11012
ARE
01412
3212
2009
Toyota
BRA
0911
ARE
3612
318
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Driver Bio

Kamui Kobayashi was born in Hyogo, Japan, in 1986 and debuted in Formula 1 the 2009 season.

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After winning the Formula Toyota in Japan, Kobayashi moved to Europe to compete in Formula Renault. In his first year he won twice, but his breakthrough came in the following 2005 season when he scored victories everywhere. He became champion in the Italian and European Formula Renault with six wins in each.

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Then he moved to Formula 3 Euroseries, where he got mixed results, but by then he had been called by Toyota, to be test driver for its Formula 1 team. In 2008, Kamui went to race in the winter GP2 Asia series and immediately afterwards in GP2. Between the two he managed three wins, but it was not until the next season, in Asia, that he became champion.

Thus, Kobayashi was at the gates of the Formula 1. Timo Glock's accident pushed the German off the tracks for a bit, and Kamui took his place in the Brazilian Grand Prix, qualifying 11th and finishing the race in 10th (9th after advancing because of penalty to Kovalainen) for Toyota. An important highlight of that race was that while running sixth, Kobayashi contained Jenson button for a good time, putting some pressure over the Brit who needed a good finish to become champion (as he did by securing a 5th place).

In the next race in Abu Dhabi, he managed to finish ninth, and such was the impression made by the Japanese team that he earned an official seat for the 2010 season.
However, Toyota’s late withdrawal from Formula 1 left Kobayashi without team, and after a period of uncertainty, Sauber signed him. BMW departure left Sauber (who bought back the team) in an awkward position that required some restructuring, and so the car for hat season was not very competitive. The team started the season with poor performances, but towards the end of the championship they improved and Kobayashi exceeded even his fellow and veteran Nick Heidfeld. Such performance guarantied him a seat for the 2011 season.

By now the Kobayashi gained recognition for his overtaking ability (with his "late braking" move). His aggressive driving style -not be interpreted as hostile- has earned him a good deal of followers, especially at home, where it has been a while for a native to achieve what Kamui has.

Last season, 2011, was of contrasts. Sauber surprised everyone with both drivers, Kobayashi and Perez finishing 8th and 7th respectively in the first round in Australia. However, these results were annulled later for violating minor technical rules (which probably would not have altered the performance). His best race was in Monaco where he finished in 5th place a good streak that continued with a 7th in Canada.

The second half of the season was one to forget, since Kobayashi won only 5 of 30 total points during this period (actually after Canada). By 2012, the Japanese promises greater concentration, and with the Sauber team in the ascending development curve, things should go better.

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