Kamui Kobayashi, like most Formula 1™ drivers, began his racing journey at a young age in karting. In his first seven years of competition, he took home four championships through motorsport’s lower echelons before making his way into F1.
In 2003, he showcased his skills on the track at the Formula Toyota Racing School, which later led to him achieving second place in the Formula Toyota Championship. Kobayashi moved to Europe in 2004 to take on full-time racing. The following season he won both the Eurocup and Italian Formula Renault titles with combined 12 victories!
Kobayashi closed the doors on Formula 3 in 2006, winning the Euroseries rookie title and clinching a pole position at the Macau Grand Prix. The following season he finished fourth in the championship behind fellow future F1 drivers Romain Grosjean, Sebastien Buemi and Nico Hulkenberg, achieving his first category victory at Magny-Cours.
For Kobayashi, 2008 was a year filled with success and opportunity. He was racing in GP2 with DAMS and he started contesting the inaugural GP2 Asia Series, winning races in Malaysia and Bahrain, and finshing sixth in the standings. He also won the main series opener in Barcelona and claimed the 2008/09 Asia Series title, along with two more wins in Dubai and Bahrain.
Oh, and one more thing, he got his first real encounter with an F1 engine as a test driver for Toyota –no biggie!
At the end of the 2009 season, Kobayashi made his debut in Formula 1. After racing at his home circuit in the Japanese Grand Prix, he replaced Timo Glock for the last two races, finishing ninth in Brazil and scoring his first points with sixth place in Abu Dhabi.
For the next three seasons, Kobayashi signed with Sauber, where he got the reputation of being an exciting and daring driver. The highlight of his career to date was when he scored his maiden F1 podium at Suzuka on home turf.
I bet you were beginning to wonder if Kobayashi had any runs of bad luck. Unfortunately, the answer is yes. In 2013, he found himself without an F1 seat, but he joined Ferrari’s line-up in the FIA World Endurance Championship, which was his debut in the Le Mans 24 hours, finishing fifth in his class.
But, What Now?
After a long year of sitting on the sidelines of F1, Kobayashi is back on the Formula 1 grid racing alongside teammate, Marcus Ericsson, for Caterham! What better excuse to go to a Formula 1 race than to see a driver who is back doing what he loves? There’s no better excuse!
Kobayashi has had his taste of victory before and he will stop at nothing to taste it again. Through Circuit of The Experiences you can watch history be made, all from within modern, sparkling hospitality venues or the Paddock club with breathtaking balconies.
We promise you, you DO NOT want to miss out on Kamui Kobayashi’s 2014 season! Be there or be bumped out! The choice is yours.