Kamui Kobayashi I have achieved the target and proud of it
After a season in races of endurance in the composition of the Ferrari Kamui Kobayashi returned to Formula 1, signing a contract with Caterham. In an interview with Peter Windsor Japanese spoke about his fans, work with a new team and life in Monaco.
Kamui Kobayashi I appreciate the support from the fans and glad to be back. I've worked hard to attract sponsors, but actually in Japan is rather difficult situation. However, things began to change for the better, when Honda announced his return to Formula 1. I am happy to get a contract. It's great.
Kamui Kobayashi Stay Sauber was extremely difficult, I tried to find another team, but was too late to take some action. Why am I here now I gave up and focus on returning to Formula 1. Despite the pass of the season, I still motivated, moreover, I am much more focused on success, than in the end of 2012. I enjoy the moment and looking forward to the start of the season.
Question Your fans gathered a lot of money
Kamui Kobayashi Fans have created a special website and gathered around 8 million euros. But now the course yen laughs. I am very grateful to the fans and I am glad to return to Formula 1 It seems to me, such a Formula 1 was not yet. I have achieved the target and proud of it.
Question I Suspect that many fans would like to see what the tattoo on your hand
Question What number you have selected this year
Kamui Kobayashi I chose the number ten - I made his debut in Formula 1 driving the car with this number, replacing Timo Glock's Toyota. Then I participated in a two Grand Prix, but still decided to play under number ten. This number has brought me luck.
Question In 2012, when we were with the track, you criticized the circuit in Singapore. Formula 1 has become the most politically correct, but there are people who are not afraid to Express your opinion.
Kamui Kobayashi I always try to be myself and maximum hard, so that fans interested. I understand that many will consider certain things insane, but I think this is a great plus. I'm not here for the reckless actions - I work with the team and try to give everything to achieve good results. I have much to do outside the track, and the new season will be more complicated than the previous.
Question You and Fernando Alonso, are able to bring the car to the garage, even if she had three wheels and half of the front wing. Maybe this year you have to do it quite often.
Kamui Kobayashi I don't think so. Of course, the new machine is much more difficult now refused if one sensor, it is difficult to continue the struggle. If we talk about Caterham, for our team, much has changed, but we still strive to fight against stronger opponents. We are here for the sake of it, but the results are largely dependent upon the effectiveness of the machine. It is necessary that racers were laid more driving and fought with his rivals - this is exactly what the fans. I hope I will succeed.
Question Kamui Kobayashi and Caterham - interesting Union. Do you know where is the eponymous town
Kamui Kobayashi I would not say that the base of the team is a real city. Last time I was there two or three weeks ago worked on the simulator. Several days of heavy rain, and on the way in Lipid I was in for a real flood. I'm afraid that can't get to.
Question You talk about the team Caterham, I'm talking about a town in Surrey, for whom it is named command. Have you ever been there There Caterham build a machine in 1967.
Kamui Kobayashi I didn't know about it.
Question You piloted road machines Caterham
Kamui Kobayashi not Yet, but I'm going to do it in the near future.
Question I Assume they are very popular in Japan.
Question and imagine you are driving Caterham on the streets of Tokyo.
Kamui Kobayashi These machines are great for Japan. Locals love cars, but mostly classic. Caterham is not like a classic car ,but great Japanese mentality.
Kamui Kobayashi I enjoyed it. This championship seriously differs from the Formula 1, but I'm glad to share the machine with a partner. Tony Wilander is a great guy. I never used to be with him not worked, but perfectly spent time.
In races of endurance completely different machine, but I would have liked for them to chase. I think we have achieved some good results.
Kamui Kobayashi we have a lot Of work. The latter tests" class="posttag">tests in rain" class="posttag">Bahrain were not as successful as the first, but we've made progress. We need time, but I think we can handle it.
Question how do you feel vpervye driving on the highway driving Caterham
Kamui Kobayashi I thought «it's Great to be back in the race» I was comfortable behind the wheel. But from the machine I expected completely different.
Question has It changed for better or worse
Kamui Kobayashi No, I am saying that this is a whole new challenge. Not to say that the car has become better or worse, because we are only at the beginning and at this stage it is difficult to pilot any car. As soon as I adapt, feelings change. That's what tests" class="posttag">tests. Well, that direct machine faster than last year, but you have to work on increase of the pressing forces, in order to achieve a better grip in cornering.
Question you Have a problem with slip
Kamui Kobayashi Yes.
Question do You like it
Kamui Kobayashi This is a very complex aspect of piloting. You need to explain engineers, why it happened, how did this situation and what you feel. For me it is new, so it's difficult to comment on the behavior of the machine. Work with engineers also has changed, this has to learn.
You can't just say we need to improve the efficiency of the machine on acceleration - you should explain what you mean, and that's not easy when you have so much new systems.
Question What do you think about the life in Monte Carlo
Question You're in good shape.
Question You train yourself or you need a coach
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