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Kobayashi enjoys first F1® test with Ferrari 28 May 2013

Kamui Kobayashi poses with the Ferrari F10, Fiorano, May 27 2013 Kamui Kobayashi behind the wheel of the Ferrari F10, Fiorano, May 27 2013 Kamui Kobayashi behind the wheel of the Ferrari F10, Fiorano, May 27 2013

Former Toyota and Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi was back behind the wheel of a Formula One car on Monday when he drove a 2010 Ferrari at the Scuderia’s Fiorano test track.

The test was in preparation for the Moscow City Racing event in Russia on July 21 in which Kobayashi will demonstrate a Ferrari F10 on the streets of the Russian capital in front on several thousand fans.

The Japanese driver, who joined Ferrari’s factory GT team for an assault on the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in March after losing his Sauber seat, was delighted with his brief run in the car.

“The first feeling was one of great happiness,” he said. “I raced against this car and I knew how quick it was, so it was very important to get some experience of it.

“Last year’s race in Brazil was the last time I drove a Formula 1 car and now I am racing in WEC in a 458 GT and the impressions are completely different. But it wasn’t hard to readapt, because in the past, I’ve driven all sorts of cars and I’m used to change.

“It will be very nice to drive an F1 car again at this event in Moscow and for me it will be a double debut: the first time at the wheel of a Ferrari F1 car in an event and my first visit to the city.”

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