Kobayashi expects to learn a lot
11 January 2008 – Kamui Kobayashi will be Toyota's test and reserve driver in the upcoming season. The 21-year-old from Japan is replacing Franck Montagny at the Cologne based squad. In 2007 Kobayashi finished fourth overall in the F3 Euroseries.
In 2008 Kobayashi will not only be Toyota's third driver, he will also be competing with DAMS in the GP2 series. The upcoming season will be much about gaining experience for the young Japanese talent. "Everything is just more extreme and it is a special experience to drive a Formula 1 car," he said. "It is difficult to drive at the limit of the car, at the limit of grip and at the limit of your concentration - it requires a high level of performance.
"It will be a challenge for me but I will always do my best. I will work hard on improving the car but also on improving myself because I do not have a lot of Formula 1 experience and I can get better in the way I communicate to my engineers and things like that."
He is clear about the task ahead as third driver, which is to work in tandem with the race drivers to continuously improve the TF108 throughout the coming season. "It is very exciting to become a third driver in Formula 1 but I know there is a lot of work to do," he adds. "When I moved to Europe to start racing formula cars my ambition was to one day become a Formula 1 driver and it feels great to say I am now a Formula 1 driver. We all want to make a really good car and we are working hard to achieve that."