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Kobayashi Retained By Sauber For 2011

Sauber have confirmed they will be retaining popular Japanese driver Kaumi Kobayashi for the 2011 season.

Kobayashi, 24, made his debut with Toyota at the end of the 2009 season proving popular with fans because of his dare-devil overtaking style.  He went on to win a contract with the reformed Sauber team for 2010 and after a difficult initial period is now performing quite well.

“We enjoy having our rookie as part of the team – both as a driver and a person,” said team principal Peter Sauber.

“We never had any doubts about working with him again in 2011.

“Kamui has definitely fulfilled our expectations in terms of his speed and fighting spirit. Plus, his work with the engineers and his technical understanding has also developed very well.

“The experience he has built up over his first full season in Formula One will certainly stand him in good stead for 2011. And our aim is to give him a fast and reliable car from the outset next season.”

Kamui Kobayashi added:

“We had a very difficult start to the season, but we’ve worked together to pull ourselves out of that situation.  I feel very much at home in Peter Sauber’s team and am very pleased we’ll be working together again in 2011.

“However, for now I’m focusing one-hundred per cent on this year. There are still six grand prix weekends to go in 2010, and we’ll be hoping to make up more ground.”

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