Kobayashi confident of Korean turnaround
9 October 2012 – Kamui Kobayashi is positive that Sauber can return from its non-scoring Grand Prix of Korea in 2011, not least after picking up a maiden Formula 1 podium finish in Japan on Sunday. The two Asian races are the first of three pairs of back-to-back events which make up the final six meetings of the 2012 season.
Last year at Yeongam, Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez qualified in respective 14th and 17th positions before struggle their ways to 15th and 16th in Sunday’s race.
“Last year Korea was an extremely difficult race because we were significantly too slow,” Kobayashi says bluntly. “But that is the past and things are looking much better now. We can build on the momentum we have and therefore I’m confident we can score points this time.
“We have to expect the track to have a low grip level, especially at the beginning, but that will change during the weekend. Once the track is rubbered in, some high-speed sections combined with slower corners are fun to drive. I think our car should be competitive on this track.”
Having collected 15 points at Suzuka as Pérez spun into the gravel, Kobayashi now sits 16 points behind for the final top ten position in the Drivers’ Championship.