June.18 – Kamui Kobayashi was, for many, the star of last year’s Valencia race by running on a long strategy before overtaking both Fernando Alonso and Sébastien Buemi to seize seventh place in the last two laps. Having finished among the top ten in every race so far this year, the Japanese is confident for more of the same next weekend.
“Last year we had a good race performance and strategy in Valencia,” says the Sauber driver.
“I enjoyed the race a lot, especially the last few laps when I had fresh tyres and the others didn’t. After qualifying had been disappointing because I was only 18th, we were very happy when I finished seventh in the race.
“This year we have a better car overall and we have proved we are still good in terms of our strategies. I’m quite confident for the European Grand Prix and want to make the most of it. You have four straights on which you need to be quick, but you also have slow corners and need to ride the kerbs in some places.
“I think with DRS and KERS it will be an exciting race for the spectators and us. I also like the atmosphere there a lot, and Valencia is one of the more exciting places we go to. There is a lot going on in the city and you can find good food there.”
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