• Japanese Grand Prix

Suzuka should suit Sauber

ESPN Staff
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Kamui Kobayashi will have plenty of support in Japan © Sutton Images

After struggling to get the most out of their package around the mix of short straights and slow corners in Singapore, the Sauber team is looking forward to getting back to racing on a circuit more suited to their car.

"After underperforming in Singapore, in Japan I am expecting our car to again to be as good as it used to be and we should be strong in the high-speed corners," said Sergio Perez, who has agreed to join McLaren next year.

"The circuit has got some quite nice sections and corner combinations. Thanks to the Japanese fans the atmosphere there is really great and our team gets a lot of support because it is Kamui's home race. I am very much looking forward to it."

The Japanese Grand Prix at the famous Suzuka circuit is also Kamui Kobayashi's home race and he is looking forward to a warm reception from some of the world's most fanatical fans.

"I'm very much looking forward to my home Grand Prix in Suzuka," said Kobayashi. "I think our car should be very fast there and we also will get new parts on the C31 for the Japanese Grand Prix. I am confident about getting a good result in front of my fellow countrymen.

"The Japanese fans are great and the mood and atmosphere they create is an enormous support. And it is not only me who they cheer for! They are true Formula One fans and that is why I'm really proud of them. Nowhere else will you find the fans being at the circuit so early in the morning and staying for so long at night, no matter what the weather is like.

"I'm sure a lot of drivers would agree it is a really great circuit. It is a very technical track, really exciting to drive and challenging, especially because it is so difficult to put a perfect lap together there. I would say at most of the circuits it takes no more than 20-30 laps to really learn them. Some are getting boring even before that, but in Suzuka you are still learning and improving after you have done hundreds of laps."