Kobayashi keen to notch up first podium
3 August 2012 – Kamui Kobayashi admits that the lack of a podium finish is the fact most aggravating him so far in the 2012 Formula 1 season. While team-mate Sergio Pérez has already stepped up onto the rostrum on two occasions, the Japanese driver’s best race finish is fourth in Germany.
The Hockenheim result surpassed the second place finish of Pérez in Malaysia, in terms of points, as fourth and six translated to a huge total of 20.
“On the one hand I want to get my first podium in Formula 1, because this is definitely within reach with this car, while on the other we have to focus on our position in the Constructors’ Championship and score points on a regular basis,” says Kobayashi, who debuted with Toyota in 2009.
“We need to be more efficient and I want to contribute to that,” Pérez adds. “It is not that our performance was not consistent, but we didn’t always get things right and we have also been unlucky sometimes. We have to get everything together and make the most out of what we have. The car is quick and, for me, my first victory would be a dream come true.”
After 11 of the 20 races in 2012, Sauber sits a comfortable sixth in the Constructors’ Championship. If it remains there, the result will mark the team’s best result as an independent outfit since 2004, when it ran Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa.