Kobayashi: Our new update to the car is a step forward for us

Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber C31. Formula One Testing, Mugello, Italy, Day Two, 2 May 2012.

Kamui Kobayashi at the wheel of the Sauber C31 during Mugello testing

May 7 (GP247) Heading to the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, Kamui Kobayashi is confident that his Sauber team have made a significant step forward with their impressive C31, which has shown pace comparable with the big budget teams in the first four rounds of the season.

Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber. Formula One Testing, Mugello, Italy, Day Two, 2 May 2012.

Kamui keeps an eye on proceedings at Mugello

Kobayashi, previewing the weekend in Spain, said, “At the Mugello test I definitely had the feeling our new update to the car is a step forward for us. This is good, of course, but only at the Barcelona circuit will we be able to tell how much of an improvement it really is. Not only because testing never allows for proper comparisons to the competition, but also because the Circuit de Catalunya is special. It has everything – fast corners, medium speed corners and slow corners.”

The Japanese driver, who has yet to stand on a grand prix podium in his 44 Formula One race starts to date, pointed out, “Although everybody knows that track so well, it is very difficult to get the set up [correct] there.”

He added, “If you really manage to get it right there [at Circuit de Catalunya] this normally means the car can be fast on other circuits as well. It will be a challenging weekend for us drivers as well as for the car and the engineers, and I am very much looking forward to going racing again.”

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  • Andy – London

    Sauber and Renault have probably been the most consistent so far. Aside from Kimi, if they had 3 top drivers for the other 3 cars then they would have won a race or two. Kimi should have been let through in Bahrain anyway – why celebrate a 2/3 when you could have got a 1/3 instead?
    McLaren seemed to have dropped, and Redbull look like they’ve got their rear end sorted out now. I’m just glad that 4 teams have won, and Seb isn’t 4 wins out of 4 like last year. I like Seb, nothing to dislike, but the car was just boring to watch.