Kobayashi not too optimistic for India

By on Friday, October 19, 2012

Kamui Kobayashi faces an uncertain future and has hinted that Sauber's performance in India might not be too noteworthy.

The Japanese driver revealed that points should be a target for the team.

"I am keen to see what the circuit will be like when we arrive there for the second time. Last year everything was new and the surface was very dusty", he said.

"The track lay out as such should probably mean our performance will be average, which means we should be able to score points there. It is a bit similar to the Korean circuit, which might have something to do with the fact the same designer did it at about the same time".

Kobayashi added that he wants to explore India, having not seen much of the country in 2011.

"Unfortunately I haven’t seen much of the country yet. What I really love is Indian butter chicken – an Indian classic dish and one of my all time favourites. Perhaps this year I can manage to go and visit the city of New Delhi, but it is quite far away from the track and, as it is so big, it is not easy to get your bearings there".

Sergio Perez remains adamant that Sauber can beat Mercedes in the championship, although reckons India will be a tough event.

"I cannot believe we have only four races left, so the season will now end quite soon. To make up 20 points to finish fifth in the Constructors’ World Championship means we have quite a job to do", he said.

"The race in India should be a bit better for us than in Korea, and our car will be quicker there. I like the fluent sections of the track. Outside the circuit I haven’t seen anything of the country yet and I know that, unfortunately, I won’t have time for a trip this year either."


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