Kobayashi confident of Hungaroring turnaround
23 July 2012 – Kamui Kobayashi is well aware of Sauber’s track record in Hungary, with the team’s best result there having been scored 15 years ago. Despite that fact, the Japanese driver is fully confident that things can be turned around with the 2012 car.
In Germany on Sunday, Sauber picked up its best result of the year to date as Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez finished fourth and sixth, generating a total of 20 championship points.
“In the past our car has not been brilliant on tracks like the Hungaroring, but with this year’s car it’s different,” Kobayashi explains on Monday. “The Sauber C31 has proven to be quick on such twisty tracks as well, so I believe we can be strong there.
“Recently we were struggling a bit in the rain, but in Hungary the weather has been excellent for the majority of the Grand Prix weekends. I’m looking forward to what I hope will be a dry and hot race.”
Hungary debuted on the Formula 1 calendar in 1986, with Nélson Piquet sealing victory for Williams after passing the Lotus of Ayrton Senna around the outside of Turn 1.