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Kamui Kobayashi

1986-08-13 (age 34)
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Spa WEC: Kobayashi gives Toyota first Hypercar pole, fastest LMP2 third

Toyota driver Kamui Kobayashi set pole for the opening round of the World Endurance Championship at Spa with a time more than a second in front of the closest LMP2.

Spa WEC: Toyota Hypercars go fastest ahead of qualifying

Toyota's new Le Mans Hypercar topped an official World Endurance Championship session for the first time in third practice ahead of qualifying for this weekend's Spa season opener.

Kobayashi, Nakajima finally test Toyota Hypercar

Kamui Kobayashi and Kazuki Nakajima finally got their first experience of Toyota's new Le Mans Hypercar during a test at Aragon this week

Bahrain WEC: Conway, Kobayashi and Lopez win to clinch final LMP1 title

Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez sealed the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship title after a dominant victory in front of their Toyota team-mates in Bahrain

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota #7 car retains lead, Kobayashi heads Hartley

Toyota remained comfortably in control of the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours after four hours, with Kamui Kobayashi leading the race from Brendon Hartley

Kobayashi "disappointed" to miss out on Le Mans 24 Hours lap record

Toyota's Kamui Kobayashi admits he feels "a little bit disappointed" at missing out on breaking his Le Mans 24 Hours lap record in the final year of the current-generation LMP1s

Le Mans 24 Hours: Kobayashi claims pole for Toyota as Porsche heads GT field

Kamui Kobayashi took pole position for Toyota at the Le Mans 24 Hours after beating Rebellion's Gustavo Menezes in a tightly-contested Hyperpole session

Toyota's Kobayashi slams WEC LMP1 handicaps after "joke" Austin race

Toyota driver Kamui Kobayashi has urged the World Endurance Championship to rethink its LMP1 success handicap system after a "joke" of a race at Austin

Kobayashi demotivated by Toyota WEC handicap at Fuji

Toyota driver Kamui Kobayashi says he is demotivated by the new system of success handicaps introduced for this season's World Endurance Championship

Le Mans 24 Hours: Kamui Kobayashi holds lead over Fernando Alonso

Kamui Kobayashi edged the #7 Toyota crew closer to a maiden Le Mans 24 Hours victory by maintaining a 2m10s advantage over the sister #8 car of Fernando Alonso

Le Mans 24 Hours: Kobayashi puts #7 Toyota over a minute clear

The #7 Toyota is once again more than a minute clear of its sister car in the Le Mans 24 Hours thanks to an impressive run from Kamui Kobayashi

Le Mans 24 Hours: Kobayashi holds leading Toyota's gap to Alonso

The gap between the leading Toyota LMP1 cars remained static during the fourth hour of the Le Mans 24 Hours

Le Mans: Kobayashi leads Alonso by over a minute after three hours

The #7 Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi ended the third hour of the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours with a lead of more than a minute over Fernando Alonso

Le Mans 24 Hours warm-up: Kobayashi's Toyota fastest by a second

Kamui Kobayashi put the #7 Toyota on top in the Le Mans 24 Hours warm-up by a second over the sister car

Le Mans 24 Hours: Kobayashi seals pole in all Toyota front row

Toyota locked out its expected one-two on the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours grid after a disrupted final qualifying that prevented an early rush for fastest laps

Kobayashi and Conway score Spa WEC pole for Toyota

Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway took pole position for Toyota ahead of this weekend's Spa round of the World Endurance Championship

Spa WEC: Toyota ahead in FP3 with Kobayashi, Porsche's Bruni tops GTE

Toyota established a three-second buffer over the best of the LMP1 privateers in Friday morning practice for this weekend's Spa World Endurance Championship round

Alonso and Kobayashi bring 'new ideas' to Daytona 24 Hours team

Ex-Formula 1 stars Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi fit in "super-well" and bring "new ideas" to their Daytona 24 Hours team Wayne Taylor Racing, says their team-mate Jordan Taylor

Ex-F1 drivers Alonso, Kobayashi join WTR for 2019 Daytona 24 Hours

Ex-Formula 1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi will race in the 2019 Daytona 24 Hours after a deal with the IMSA SportsCar Championship Wayne Taylor Racing squad was confirmed

Shanghai WEC: Conway, Lopez and Kobayashi lead Toyota one-two

Toyota recorded a fourth victory of the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship superseason with a one-two finish in a stop-start wet Shanghai race

Kamui Kobayashi: 'Risky' tyre strategy led to Fuji WEC win

Kamui Kobayashi has explained the tyre calls that led to he and his team-mates in the #7 Toyota taking their first FIA World Endurance Championship of the season at Fuji

Fuji WEC: First win for two years for Toyota's Kobayashi and Conway

Toyota secured another dominant World Endurance Championship victory at Fuji, with Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez taking their first win of the 2018/19 superseason

Toyota's Kamui Kobayashi 'forgot' to pit late in Le Mans 24 Hours

Toyota driver Kamui Kobayashi has revealed that he "forgot" to pit in the penultimate hour of last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours

Le Mans hour 23: Kobayashi pit error costs #7 Toyota a lap

The #7 Toyota has lost a lap in the battle for victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours after Kamui Kobayashi was forced to crawl back to the pits

Le Mans 24 Hours: Kobayashi stabilises #7 Toyota's lead in hour 15

Kamui Kobayashi has stabilised the #7 Toyota's long-time lead in the Le Mans 24 Hours

Le Mans hour 8: Kobayashi builds small lead for #7 Toyota

Kamui Kobayashi finally broke away from the sister Toyota TS050 HYBRID to pull a decent lead of the Le Mans 24 Hours as the eighth hour began the night's racing

Le Mans warm-up: Kobayashi pips Buemi in Toyota LMP1 battle

Kamui Kobayashi put the #7 Toyota on top in Saturday morning's Le Mans 24 Hours warm-up session, beating the sister car of Sebastien Buemi by a quarter of a second

WEC Spa: Conway and Kobayashi take pole, Alonso and Nakajima second

Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi took pole position for the World Endurance Championship superseason opener at Spa ahead of Toyota team-mates Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima

Ex-F1 driver Kobayashi could continue with Andretti beyond FE debut

Ex-Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi could continue with the Andretti Formula E team this season after replacing nominated driver Tom Blomqvist for the opening weekend in Hong Kong

Ex-F1 racer Kamui Kobayashi to make Formula E debut in Hong Kong

Ex-Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi will make his Formula E debut in the 2017/18 season opener in Hong Kong

Toyota's Kamui Kobayashi surprised by record Le Mans qualifying lap

Toyota driver Kamui Kobayashi admitted his surprise at being able to dip into the 3m14s on the way to pole position for this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours

Le Mans 24 Hours: Kobayashi heads Toyota 1-2 with qualifying record

Toyota will start the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours from the front row after sealing a 1-2 in Thursday evening's third and final qualifying session

Toyota's Kobayashi sets lap record in Le Mans 24 Hours qualifying

Kamui Kobayashi ensured Toyota remains on provisional pole for the Le Mans 24 Hours with a sensational record-breaking lap in the second qualifying session on Thursday evening

WEC Spa: Kobayashi keeps Toyota ahead of Porsche in second practice

Toyota maintained its edge over Porsche in second practice for the Spa World Endurance Championship round, as Kamui Kobayashi ensured the #7 car remained on top of the timesheets

Toyota wins home Fuji WEC race with Kobayashi, Conway and Sarrazin

Toyota claimed a first World Endurance Championship victory since 2014 in a dramatic finish on home ground at Fuji.

Ex-F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi gets Alex Wurz's Toyota LMP1 seat

Ex-Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi will graduate from his test and reserve role to a full-season race seat with Toyota in this year's World Endurance Championship

Ex-F1 racer Kamui Kobayashi gets Toyota WEC reserve role

Former Toyota Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi is returning to the Japanese manufacturer as its test and reserve driver for the 2015 World Endurance Championship

Kamui Kobayashi to race for Caterham F1 team in Abu Dhabi GP

Caterham has announced that Kamui Kobayashi will be part of its line-up when it returns to Formula 1 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Kamui Kobayashi eyes third-driver role to stay in F1 post-Caterham

Kamui Kobayashi says he would be interested in taking a reserve driver role with a Formula 1 team to maintain his involvement in the sport following Caterham going into administration

Caterham F1 team puzzled by Kobayashi comments after Russia DNF

Caterham insists there was no truth in Kamui Kobayashi's insinuation that he was ordered to retire a healthy car to save mileage on components during the Russian Grand Prix

Kobayashi keeps Caterham F1 seat for Japanese GP, Merhi back in FP1

Kamui Kobayashi will keep his Caterham Formula 1 race seat for this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, while Roberto Merhi gets another outing in Friday practice

Kamui Kobayashi: Caterham F1 seat not guaranteed for Japanese GP

Kamui Kobayashi does not know if he will retain the Caterham Formula 1 drive for his home grand prix next month

Italian GP: Kamui Kobayashi unhappy with Caterham F1 situation

Kamui Kobayashi says he is unhappy with the way the Caterham Formula 1 team has swapped his seat between drivers recently

Caterham confirms Kobayashi's Monza F1 return and Merhi's FP1 run

Caterham has confirmed that Kamui Kobayashi will rejoin its race line-up for the Italian Grand Prix, as predicted by AUTOSPORT, with Roberto Merhi making his Formula 1 debut in practice

Andre Lotterer replaces Kamui Kobayashi at Caterham F1 team

Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Andre Lotterer will make his Formula 1 racing debut with Caterham at the Belgian Grand Prix, as predicted by AUTOSPORT, replacing Kamui Kobayashi

Perez says Kobayashi was an amazing F1 team-mate at Sauber

Sergio Perez reckons his former Sauber Formula 1 team-mate Kamui Kobayashi is an "amazing" rival who taught him vital lessons in how to manage tyres

Kamui Kobayashi says pay driver won't help Caterham F1 team

Kamui Kobayashi believes the Caterham Formula 1 team should not replace him with a paying driver, because that would harm its chances of improving its lowly standing in the constructors' championship

German GP: Caterham still investigating Kobayashi fire

The Caterham Formula 1 team is unsure what caused the fuel leak that led to Kamui Kobayashi's car catching fire during free practice for the German Grand Prix

Kamui Kobayashi pins hopes on Caterham F1 team reshuffle

Kamui Kobayashi says he has to believe that the Caterham Formula 1 team's restructuring will pay off, after the squad's new owners announced staff cuts and a management reshuffle

Caterham F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi believes his drive is safe

Kamui Kobayashi says there is no reason to think he will not see out the 2014 Formula 1 season with Caterham despite its change of ownership

Kamui Kobayashi says he will be more aggressive with F1 rivals

Kamui Kobayashi says he will be more aggressive in battles with Formula 1 rival Marussia from now on, after being barged out of the way by Jules Bianchi in Monaco

Kamui Kobayashi calls for "more courage" from Caterham F1 team

Kamui Kobayashi feels the Caterham Formula 1 team needs to show "more courage" if it is to lift itself off the back of the grid

Kobayashi: Caterham's new dream chaser Plus

Kobayashi: Caterham's new dream chaser

Kamui Kobayashi turned his back on a factory GT drive with Ferrari to pay Caterham for a race seat in Formula 1. He tells BEN ANDERSON why he did it

Kamui Kobayashi confirms Ferrari WEC deal with AF Corse

Former grand prix driver Kamui Kobayashi has joined Ferrari's factory World Endurance Championship campaign

Kobayashi on his F1 breakthrough Plus

Kobayashi on his F1 breakthrough

Kamui Kobayashi has gone from struggling GP2 driver to Formula 1 fan favourite in little over a year. The Sauber driver looked back on his remarkable progress with Adam Cooper

Kobayashi on earning his place in Formula 1 Plus

Kobayashi on earning his place in Formula 1

Kamui Kobayashi got his chance in Formula 1 despite an average stint in GP2. But those two grands prix at the end of 2009, and a steadily-improving time with Sauber this season, have worked the Japanese driver into a position where he now feels he belongs