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Kobayashi pleased with first podium at Suzuka

The Local hero Kamui Kobayashi pleased with his first F1 career podium especially at his home race for Japanese Grand Prix.

He started from the third on the grid, gain position in the first session, losing this position following his first pit-stop, Massa grabbed, Kobayashi fight with Button in final segment and set third place on the podium.

His team-mate Sergio Perez already set three podium finish and its offered him McLaren race seat for next season. Today the Mexican retired from the race following he attempted to overtake Lewis Hamilton on lap 20, making a move he stranded his Sauber in the gravel.

“It was a fantastic race, we were really working hard to get a podium and my team-mate has a couple of podiums already. Kobayashi said.

“I had a couple of chances in qualifying with good grid positions – but I never had luck. I’ve struggled on starts – many starts – but this time I think it was good to start in third. It was not a front row but the feeling was good because we had a long run on Friday and that was pretty good pace.

“I was confident through the week so when I gained position after the start I was pretty sure I could be on the podium.

“Then at some point we struggled a lot to hold Jenson off. The last stint was very tough. I think finally finishing in points is fantastic, especially in front of my home grand prix,” said Kobayashi. This is my first podium and it’s amazing. I am happy for the fans and so many people supporting me.

“When you look around circuit, it is amazing. So thank you to the fans and we need to keep going for the future.”


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