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Kamui has two choices: become the star everyone hopes or another Sato

January 21, 2010
Wonder what Nakajima had to say to his compatriot after Brazil

Wonder what Nakajima had to say to his compatriot after Brazil

Kobayashi has already shown the makings of a seriously good F1 driver after only two races, which was a bit of a shock as he had mixed results in GP2.

Many fans will be waiting eagerly to see how the Japanese driver performs, his aggressive driving quickly won much adoration. He has to be careful however, there was some controversy while he battled with Nakajima at Interlagos. It appeared that he moved under braking and although he was not punished and no foul play was found, there were many concerned as to just how far Kobayashi would go in on-track battles.

Even if the criticisms were wrong, the incident still ended in a fairly large crash and left Nakajima out of the race. Kobayashi can’t be rated too high so soon, we have yet to see how he delivers across a full season in Formula One but if he pushes too hard then teammate de la Rosa will end up getting the points. Kobayashi may find himself sitting in the pits during races if he has too many wild moments.

I have a lot of respect for him already; his ballsy approach is a breath of fresh air in the paddock and he’s already one of the most entertaining racers. He needs to keep pushing but know where the limit is. He’ll be forgiven a few mistakes in his first full season but if he doesn’t smooth the rough edges out he could just be another Takuma Sato; aggressive, opportunistic and brave but also causing chaos and taking himself out of races.

Kamui should be the victor in this teammate battle. He has already scored points and finished ahead of an experience teammate –Trulli at Abu Dhabi- and now he is coupled with de la Rosa who hasn’t raced since 2006.

De la Rosa’s experience will be vital to Sauber and he will play a crucial role in developing the car which will be an area he is strong in after his years testing for Mclaren. His pace will be another matter however, he should be in the mix like in 2006 but if he wasn’t snapped up last time by a team then I doubt little has changed to suggest he will be a top class driver.

He will get the points and try to show is worth at what is most likely his last chance in the sport. Kobayashi will be a more erratic matter, with the potential for a few crashes but hopefully he’ll continue to get good finishes and finish with more points than his teammate.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2010 8:33 pm

    I hope Kamui can soften the edges a little but still keep his aggression – he needs to learn to control it without losing it.

    It would be a huge boost to the sport if he could do well – a truly successful Japanese driver would be a great boost to F1 in Japan after their manufacturer teams pulled out.

    He’s not a favourite for me, but I have a definite soft spot for him, helped by the fact that he was a teammate of my two favourites in F3 in 2006.

  2. January 21, 2010 8:37 pm

    Still surprised they picked De La Rosa…

    I really hope Kamui is good, I’m really looking forward to see how he does. Hope he lives up to the huge hype from last year.

  3. Ratboy permalink
    January 21, 2010 10:24 pm

    I hope he can do well too,
    Japanese interest in F1 appears to be waining a bit now with only one confirmed driver for this season and both Honda and Toyota pulling out,
    If Kamui is successful then maybe it will pick up a bit

  4. January 21, 2010 11:25 pm

    I have a lot of interest about everything from Japan – language, culture, history, and obviously, F1 drivers. But since Sato left, I have been deprived of a true ‘ninja’ driver… but now we have Kamui! I wasn’t expecting anything from him, but his drive at Brazil got me at the edge of my seat. I really hope he does well – I want to see a Japanese driver winning so badly in the future, and if he lives up to the hype, he will be capable of doing so. Now that Kimi left, I have Kubica and Vettel left to support… and probably Kamui too ;-]

    As for De la Rosa, he must thank God that he got this drive. It was purely based on his testing expertise and on how his feedback would help developing the car. He is not a bad driver, but I can hardly picture him beating Kamui.

    Come to think about it, when was the last time we had 3 drivers over 37 years of age?

    • January 22, 2010 5:14 pm

      Not sure about 37 but back in 06 plenty were in their thirties such as The Schumi brothers, Rubens, Coulthard and Fisi if I am not mistaken.

  5. wasiF1 permalink
    January 22, 2010 4:14 pm

    Kamui became many people’s favourite in the last two races as he did provided us some entertainment,hope it continues in 2010.It was Sauber who found out people like Kimi,Massa & I have heard even Schumacher! so may be he is the next bullet in the gun.Pedro can help the team to improve their car I think that’s why he is with the team.

  6. January 23, 2010 11:46 pm

    I think BMW have made a mistake in signing De La Rosa he is now too old although all of his testing miles will help him.Kamui was impressive in his first 2 races but i will still reserve judgement because you cant base a driver on 2 performances but i think he will beat De La rosa

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