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Kamui Kobayashi information & statistics

Kamui Kobayashi information & statistics
Name Kamui Kobayashi
Country Kamui Kobayashi information & statistics Japan
Place of Birth Amagasaki
Date of Birth Sep 13th 1986 - 27 years old
First Race Oct 18th 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix result
Last Race Jul 27th 2014 Hungarian F1 GP result
Best Qualifying 2 - Sep 2nd 2012 Belgian Grand Prix result
Best Result 3 - Oct 7th 2012 Japanese Grand Prix result
First Podium Oct 7th 2012 Japanese Grand Prix result
Last Podium Oct 7th 2012 Japanese Grand Prix result

Kobayashi F1 statistics:

Races 71
Drivers' Titles 0
Victories 0
Poles 0
Podiums 1
Points 125
Fastest Laps 1
Laps 3403

Biography

Kamui Kobayashi Biography

Kamui Kobayashi information & statistics

Kamui Kobayashi testing Sauber C30 2011

Speed has never been a problem for Kamui Kobayashi, consistency has. Yet the Japanese driver finds himself being given one last chance at forging a career for himself in Formula One this year, with lowly runners Caterham.

After three up and down seasons with Sauber, which culminated in him being outdone by younger team mate Sergio Perez, Kamui found himself on the scrap heap last year with his F1 career seemingly over. But a life line has appeared in the form of Caterham and he has to take it if he wants to be racing again next year.

Kamui Kobayashi information & statistics

Kamui Kobayashi

Kamui has had moderate success wherever he has gone but the scouts have all recognised the potential for a leading driver. At just 18 he signed for the Toyota Driving School and under their tutelage claimed the Eurocup Formula Renault title and Formula Renault 2.0 title in 2005.

Soon he was racing in Formula Three alongside Paul di Resta and Sebastian Vettel but only impressed sporadically. An impressive win in only his second GP2 race showed the maturity he was lacking in early years but once again he failed to push on and fell away to 16th in the championship.

In 2009 he was drafted into F1 when Toyota promoted him for the final two races following an injury to Timo Glock. Kobayashi shone on the big stage and was part of an enthralling fight with Jenson Button, who was trying to secure the world championship. Button called Kobayashi “absolutely crazy” but he thrilled audiences with his daring overtaking manoeuvres.

Kamui Kobayashi information & statistics

Kamui Kobayashi testing at Ferrari

The following year he was quickly signed by Sauber after Toyota pulled out of the sport. With big things expected of him after his impactful debut, things turned quickly sour when he retired from the first four races, completing less than 20 laps. However, he continued to show F1 that the back-end of last year wasn’t a fluke and finished 7th in the European Grands Prix after a daring move on Fernando Alonso. Kobayashi went on to claim 32 points that season.

In 2011 the Sauber couldn’t maintain their strong start to the season and points became difficult to find. A disqualification for a car irregularity cost Kamui 8th place in Australia, but there were strong showings in Malaysia and Monaco, where he finished a career high 5th. In Canada he was having the drive of his life and ran as high as second in the wet weather, but when the track started to dry he faded to 7th. A disappointing second half of the season didn’t see Kamui improve on 2010’s total and he finished with 30 points.

Kamui Kobayashi information & statistics

Kamui Kobayashi & Felipe Massa on the podium in Japan

Ironically, his last season in F1 came when he had his best. Kobayashi continued to fail to show the kind of consistency that all F1 teams crave and patients began to wear thin despite a 5th place finish in Spain and 4th in Germany. It didn’t help that his new team mate Sergio Perez was outperforming him. Despite this he managed to secure his first F1 podium in front of his home supporters with 3rd at the Japanese Grands Prix, holding off Jenson Button. He once again finished 12th in the standings, but this time doubling his haul with 60 points.

After a year off he is back with Caterham, but he must show his undoubtedly ability consistently if we are to see his name beyond 2014.

Championship Results

Kamui Kobayashi F1 Championship Results

Year Team Engine Races 1st 2nd 3rd Podiums Poles Laps Fastest Avg Pts Points
2014 Kamui Kobayashi information & statistics Caterham Renault 11 0 0 0 0 0 511 0 0.00 0
2012 Kamui Kobayashi information & statistics Sauber Ferrari 20 0 0 1 1 0 1043 1 3.00 60
2011 Kamui Kobayashi information & statistics BMW Sauber Ferrari 19 0 0 0 0 0 1003 0 1.58 30
2010 Kamui Kobayashi information & statistics BMW Sauber Ferrari 19 0 0 0 0 0 720 0 1.68 32
2009 Kamui Kobayashi information & statistics Toyota Toyota 2 0 0 0 0 0 126 0 1.50 3

Race Results

Kamui Kobayashi F1 GP Race Results

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
71 2014 2014 Hungarian F1 GP result 10 Caterham Renault 18 Ret fuel system 0
70 2014 2014 German F1 GP result 10 Caterham Renault 19 16 0
69 2014 2014 British F1 GP result 10 Caterham Renault 22 15 0
68 2014 2014 Austrian F1 GP result 10 Caterham Renault 19 16 0
67 2014 2014 Canadian F1 GP result 10 Caterham Renault 21 Ret Suspension 0
66 2014 2014 Monaco F1 GP result 10 Caterham Renault 20 13 0
65 2014 2014 Spanish F1 GP result 10 Caterham Renault 20 Ret Brakes 0
64 2014 2014 Chinese F1 GP result 10 Caterham Renault 18 18 0
63 2014 2014 Bahrain F1 GP result 10 Caterham Renault 18 15 0
62 2014 2014 Malaysian F1 GP result 10 Caterham Renault 20 13 0
61 2014 2014 Australian F1 GP result 10 Caterham Renault 14 Ret Collision 0
60 2012 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 14 9 2
59 2012 2012 United States Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 16 14 0
58 2012 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 15 6 8
57 2012 2012 Indian Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 17 14 0
56 2012 2012 Korean Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 13 Ret Collision 0
55 2012 2012 Japanese Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 3 3 15
54 2012 2012 Singapore Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 18 13 0
53 2012 2012 Italian Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 9 9 2
52 2012 2012 Belgian Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 2 13 0
51 2012 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 15 18 0
50 2012 2012 German Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 12 4 12
49 2012 2012 British Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 17 11 0
48 2012 2012 European Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 7 Ret Collision 0
47 2012 2012 Canadian Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 11 9 2
46 2012 2012 Monaco Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 11 Ret Collision 0
45 2012 2012 Spanish Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 9 5 10
44 2012 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 12 13 0
43 2012 2012 Chinese Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 3 10 1
42 2012 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 17 Ret Brakes 0
41 2012 2012 Australian Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 13 6 8
40 2011 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 16 9 2
39 2011 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 16 10 1
38 2011 2011 Indian Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 17 Ret Accident damage 0
37 2011 2011 Korean Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 14 15 0
36 2011 2011 Japanese Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 7 13 0
35 2011 2011 Singapore Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 17 14 0
34 2011 2011 Italian Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 17 Ret Gearbox 0
33 2011 2011 Belgian Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 12 12 0
32 2011 2011 Hungarian Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 13 11 0
31 2011 2011 German Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 17 9 2
30 2011 2011 British Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 8 Ret Oil leak 0
29 2011 2011 European Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 14 16 0
28 2011 2011 Canadian Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 13 7 6
27 2011 2011 Monaco Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 12 5 10
26 2011 2011 Spanish Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 14 10 1
25 2011 2011 Turkish Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 24 10 1
24 2011 2011 Chinese Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 13 10 1
23 2011 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 10 7 6
22 2011 2011 Australian Grand Prix result 16 BMW Sauber Ferrari 9 DSQ 0
21 2010 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 12 14 0
20 2010 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 12 10 1
19 2010 2010 Korean Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 12 8 4
18 2010 2010 Japanese Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 14 7 6
17 2010 2010 Singapore Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 10 Ret Accident 0
16 2010 2010 Italian Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 13 Ret Gearbox 0
15 2010 2010 Belgian Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 17 8 4
14 2010 2010 Hungarian Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 23 9 2
13 2010 2010 German Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 12 11 0
12 2010 2010 British Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 12 6 8
11 2010 2010 European Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 18 7 6
10 2010 2010 Canadian Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 18 Ret Accident 0
9 2010 2010 Turkish Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 10 10 1
8 2010 2010 Monaco Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 16 Ret Gearbox 0
7 2010 2010 Spanish Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 10 12 0
6 2010 2010 Chinese Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 15 Ret Collision 0
5 2010 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 9 Ret Engine 0
4 2010 2010 Australian Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 16 Ret Collision 0
3 2010 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix result 23 BMW Sauber Ferrari 16 Ret Hydraulics 0
2 2009 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix result 10 Toyota Toyota 12 6 3
1 2009 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix result 10 Toyota Toyota 11 9 0

Podium Finishes

Kamui Kobayashi F1 Podium Finishes

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts
1 2012 2012 Japanese Grand Prix result 14 Sauber Ferrari 3 3 15

Pole Positions

Kamui Kobayashi F1 Pole Positions

Year Race No Team Engine Grid Pos Retired Pts

Teammate Comparison

Kamui Kobayashi Teammate Comparison

Season Team Team Mate Best Pos Points Wins Poles Position Qualifying
2009 Toyota Jarno Trulli 6 7 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
2010 BMW Sauber Nick Heidfeld 7 8 11 6 0 0 0 0 3 2 4 1
Pedro de la Rosa 6 7 21 6 0 0 0 0 8 6 7 7
2011 BMW Sauber Pedro de la Rosa 7 12 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Sergio Pérez 5 7 24 14 0 0 0 0 10 8 9 9
2012 Sauber Sergio Pérez 3 2 60 66 0 0 0 0 10 10 9 11
2014 Caterham Marcus Ericsson 13 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 3 8 3

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