The Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi has said that he is extremely confident about retaining the place within the team for the 2013 season. The future of the Japanese driver has been in heavy doubt over the last few weeks. However, he has managed to convince the team after his podium finish in the recently concluded Japanese Grand Prix. The 26-year-old has now said that he is extremely happy to have finished on the podium, while is hoping to retain his seat at Sauber for the next season as well. Sauber are widely expected to unveil their driver line-up for the season in the next few weeks.
Kamui Kobayashi has stated his podium finish at the Japanese Grand Prix has an amazing result. The 26-year-old started the Japanese Grand Prix in the third position after an excellent qualifying lap, while he managed to maintain his stronghold in the race itself. For a brief period, he was in the second place ahead of both Jenson Button and Felipe Massa. The podium finish achieved by the Japanese is a first time anyone from this country has managed a podium finish since 1990, a record that even more thrills the Japenese.
Kamui Kobayashi has said that he is hoping for a repeat of the same performance at the Korean Grand Prix as well. “I don’t think I [will] lose my job. I was a couple of times close to the podium [this year] but always had some bad luck. First time I get it, it’s here. Maybe it was destiny. I feel really good. Of course I think the race was very difficult, but after I get podium and have champagne. Normally I feel bad with champagne smell but I feel good now. My race was pretty tough,” said the 26-year-old after the race.