Kobayashi: Formula 1 very positive for Japan
27 September 2011 – Kamui Kobayashi is delighted that F1 will be visiting Japan next weekend, with the country having been struck by an earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster in March. For next Sunday’s race, the Sauber driver has invited 37 families to the event plus 60 members of a girls choir to sing the national anthem on the grid.
“The Grand Prix is a very big event in Japan; it is something very positive for the people and for the country and also because of the international awareness the race brings - it makes people happy and they do enjoy F1 a lot,” Kobayashi said on Tuesday.
“So we are going racing there, as we have done in previous years, despite the tragedy that has hit the country.”
Furthermore, the 25-year-old is confident that a strong result can be obtained at Suzuka.
“We are certainly more competitive than last year,” Kobayashi continued. “We had an amazing start to the season in Melbourne and also since then have had some other good races in which we have been quite competitive. My highlights were Monaco and Montreal, but we have also had our struggles.”
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Pre-Japan interview with Kamui Kobayashi