Kobayashi retained by Sauber for 2011

Sauber have today announced that they are to retain Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi for the 2011 season. The 24-year-old has been the driving force of Sauber’s 2010 campaign so far, and is probably the best rookie of the season as well.

In his 15 Grands Prix, he has scored 24 points already. Peter Sauber explains why he has been impressed with Kobayashi:

"We enjoy having our rookie as part of the team - both as a 
driver and a person.

We never had any doubts about working with him again in 2011.

Kamui has definitely fulfilled our expectations in terms 
of his speed and fighting spirit. Plus, his work with the 
engineers and his technical understanding has also developed 
very well.

The experience he has built up over his first full season in 
Formula One will certainly stand him in good stead for 2011. 
And our aim is to give him a fast and reliable car from the 
outset next season."

After a dire start to the season, Kamui has got 5 points-scoring finishes so far, with his most impressive ones being in Silverstone, Valencia and Belgium.

I’ve been very impressed with his performances so far, but less so about Pedro de la Rosa. The Spaniard has been struggling for pace in comparison to Kamui, and the team are refusing to state whether he will keep his seat next year until a later date.


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