Kobayashi: Caterham's new dream chaser

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

Not many people would turn their back on Ferrari to drive Caterham's Formula 1 car, but Kamui Kobayashi has been anything but conventional since he burst onto the F1 scene in 2009.

He spent three-and-a-bit seasons building a reputation as a demon late braker and master overtaker. Recall his decisive moves on Sebastien Buemi and Fernando Alonso to finish seventh in the 2010 European Grand Prix at Valencia, or passing a sequence of rivals including Sauber team-mate Nick Heidfeld, Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari (twice!), Adrian Sutil and Rubens Barrichello to finish seventh again in front of his home fans in Japan.

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