Sauber has announced the capture of Kamui Kobayashi as one of their two race drivers for the 2010 Formula 1 season. The 23-year old Japanese was a stand in for Timo Glock in the final two races of 2009 and impressed most of the F1 paddock and viewers alike with his brave driving in the Toyota.
After a brilliant points scoring drive in Abu Dhabi, he was tipped by many to get a permanent seat at Toyota, but was left looking for a job after the Japanese manufacturer pulled out of F1. He was then linked to Lotus F1, and also faced the option of going back to Japan to work in dad’s sushi restaurant!
Fortunately Peter Sauber saved Kobayashi’s driving talent from going to waste, taking him to be Sauber’s first signing after BMW pulled out of the partnership. “In the Abu Dhabi race he demonstrated not only that he can drive fast and aggressively, but also his ability to successfully implement a strategy. I am convinced he has a great deal of potential and will be able to make the most of it in our team,” Sauber said.
One more seat available. Nick Heidfeld anyone?