Kobayashi thrilled after late charge

Kamui Kobayashi was thrilled with his result at the Japanese Grand Prix after another spectacular charge from the Sauber driver

Kobayashi thrilled after late charge

The local hero finished in seventh position, but not before some spectacular passes following a late charge following his pitstop.

Although he made contact with some rivals, Kobayashi managed a good result and he was delighted with it.

"I tried my best and I am very happy," said the Japanese. "It was a great race for our team, and I'm very pleased for the Japanese fans who have watched an exciting race.

"It is the second time we have got both cars in the points, and for me it was really something to come back here and race for the first time after seven years in front of my home crowd. Nevertheless it was a very tough race today.

"After the start I saw the accidents in front of me, and I was really lucky not to be hit. Later it was not too easy to overtake and I had some contact. The car was damaged, but it was not too severe and I was able to finish the race. I really want to thank the team for the great job and the fans for their fantastic support."

Team-mate Nick Heidfeld completed the team's best result of the year with eighth position, the German returning to the points in only his second race for Sauber this year.

"I'm quite happy - it is the best result for the team this season," he said. "In the end I could have finished one place higher, but I was on a different tyre strategy to Kamui and he was obviously faster with his fresh option tyres.

"I started on the option tyres. Obviously I was meant to push really hard in the early laps, but then the safety car came out and later I got stuck behind Rubens (Barrichello). The team did a very good job by calling me in early for the change to the prime tyres.

"Compared to Singapore, we made good progress in race performance. For qualifying, I think, there is more to come. I'm looking forward to the three remaining races."

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