Mar.9 (PVM) Kamui Kobayashi is in peak physical form and fired up for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix next weekend and is hoping that in 2012 the Sauber team can achieve good results consistently.
Speaking ahead of the weekend in Melbourne, Kobayashi said, “I am very much looking forward to what will be my third season in F1, and at the same time my third season with the Sauber F1 Team. We had promising pre-season testing with the C31 and the car feels pretty good. This, together with the experience I gained last year, makes me a lot more confident now.”
The Japanese driver will be starting his 41st Formula 1 race in Australia and he is expecting to raise his game to the ‘next level’, “For me the main target is that we are more consistent this year. In 2010 we had a difficult first part of the season, and only recovered in the second half. In 2011 it was vice versa – we had a great start but struggled later in the season. If we can consistently display our best potential, we could score consistently. It must be like this.”
Kobayashi is in peak form ahead of what will be the longest season in F1 history, he revealed, “Personally I did a lot of training during the Winter break and feel very fit now.”
Like most of his F1 rivals, the 25 year old enjoys the fact that the opening race is at Albert Park, “Melbourne is a great place to start the season because the people there really like racing and F1. The city is very much alive and, as soon as you get there, the atmosphere tells you – Yes, here we go again, it’s time to start! I hope the weather will still be nice and warm during the grand prix weekend, as there the Summer is almost over.”
“The Albert Park Circuit itself has a very nice lay-out. The fact that it isn’t a permanent race track, and therefore very slippery at the beginning of the weekend, doesn’t make the set up work for the first grand prix any easier, but to adapt to the improving grip level is a challenge for everyone,” concluded Kobayashi.