Kobayashi targets maiden podium

By on Thursday, August 2, 2012

Kobayashi managed fourth in Germany. He wants to go one better. Photo credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi has targeted a maiden podium in the remaining nine races of the 2012 season.

The Japanese driver sits tenth in the championship and all nine drivers above him have finished on an F1 podium this season.

"I want to get my first podium in Formula One, because this is definitely within reach with this car", said Kobayashi, who finished a career best fourth in July's German Grand Prix.

Kobayashi was also mindful of protecting Sauber's 6th place in the Constructor's Championship.

"We have to focus on our position in the constructors’ championship and score points on a regular basis."

Team mate Sergio Perez agrees, but is aiming for one step higher than he achieved in Malaysia.

"We need to be more efficient and I want to contribute to that", said the Mexican. "It is not that our performance was not consistent, but we didn’t always get the things right and also we have been unlucky sometimes. We have to get everything together and make the most out of what we have. The car is quick and for me my first victory would be a dream come true."

Kobayashi also explained why F1 2012 has seen seven different victors and several different drivers challenging for podiums.

"“I think the main reasons are the changes in the technical regulations with the banning of off-throttle blowing and the flexible front wings", he explained. "This brought the teams much closer together. This year sometimes in qualifying there have been nearly ten cars within two tenths of a second. The smallest mistake makes a huge difference to the position you start from. The result of all this is there are many different winners, which is good for Formula One, good for the fans and good for us drivers."

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