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Kamui Kobayashi

Kamui Kobayashi Kamui Kobayashi
Team Caterham
Nationality Japanese
Podiums 1
Points 125
Grands Prix entered 65
World Championships 0
Highest race finish 3 (x1)
Highest grid position 2 (x1)
Date of Birth 13/09/1986
Place of Birth Hyogo
Kamui Kobayashi KAMUI KOBAYASHI
Kamui Kobayashi (JPN). Caterham F1 Team Driver Announcement, Leafield, England, 21 January 2014

2014

After spending 2013 on the Formula One sidelines, racing sports cars with Ferrari, returns to the F1 grid with Caterham.

Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber in the Press Conference.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations Day, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 26 July 2012

2012

Initially left playing catch-up to podium finishing team mate Perez thanks to mix of poor luck and inconsistency, but fourth-place finish in Hockenheim boosts spirits and then scores maiden F1 podium at home race. Dropped by Sauber for 2013.

Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber C30.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 31 July 2011

2011

Maintains reputation as one of F1's most aggressive & entertaining racers, scoring in seven of first 11 races, despite only occasional Q3 appearances. Results tail off as team loses out in late-season development race. Twelfth overall, outscoring rookie team mate Perez two to one.

Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) BMW Sauber.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Shanghai, China, Friday, 16 April 2010

2010

Continues to astound with raw pace and audacious overtaking. Gives BMW Sauber first Q3 showing of 2010 with P9 in Malaysia, but poor reliability sees him retire from six of the first 12 races. Points come as car improves, including sixth at Silverstone. Retained for 2011.

Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Toyota TF109 is followed by Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F60 Formula One Testing, 1-5 March 2009, Jerez, Spain.

2009

Wins the GP2 Asia Series with two wins, 17th in the main GP2 Series with one podium. Third driver for Toyota and chosen to stand in for an injured Timo Glock in Brazil and Abu Dhabi. Signs to race for BMW Sauber in 2010.

Toyota celebrate the birthday of Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Toyota Third Driver (Centre) with Timo Glock (GER) Toyota (Left) and Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota (Right).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 13 September 2008

2008

Sixth in the GP2 Asia Series with two wins, 16th in the main GP2 Series with one win. Third driver for Toyota.

Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Toyota TF107. Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain, Tuesday, 4 December 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton

2007

Wins one race in his second season racing in the Formula Three Eurocup. Tests for Toyota.

Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) ASM F3 Macau GP Qualifying Day, Guia Circuit, Macau, China, 17th November 2006. World © Patching/Sutton

2006

Scores three podiums in his first Formula Three Eurocup season.

Race 1 Podium and results: 1st Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Prema Powerteam, centre. 2nd Hiroyuki Matsumura (JPN) Graff Racing, left. 3rd Xavier Maasen (NL) JD Motorsport, right. Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, Rd8, Monza, Italy. 22-23 October 2005. World © Sutton

2005

Wins the Italian and Eurocup Formula Renault championships.

The helmet of Kamui Kobayashi (JPN), Toyota. Toyota TF109 Premiere - Driver Portraits, Cologne, Germany, Thursday 15 January 2009.

2004

Competes in the Italian Formula Renault series. Wins two races and finishes the championship seventh.

The helmet of Kamui Kobayashi (JPN), Toyota. Toyota TF109 Premiere - Driver Portraits, Cologne, Germany, Thursday 15 January 2009.

2003

A second season in the Formula Toyota series sees him finish second in the standings.

The helmet of Kamui Kobayashi (JPN), Toyota. Toyota TF109 Premiere - Driver Portraits, Cologne, Germany, Thursday 15 January 2009.

2002

Races single-seaters for the first time in the Esso Formula Toyota championship.