The impressive, young Japanese driver, Kamui Kobayashi will have a seat in a Formula One car next season. It has emerged that he will have one of the two seats at the Sauber team. Undoubtedly, his seat at the team is because of his impressive races that he had to finish out the season. He basically came into the Toyota team cold, after Timo Glock suffered an injury, and drove like his pants were on fire. In fact, he outdrove many veteran drivers in just two races, with an underachieving car no less. This is good to see as I was also impressed with his performances and couldn’t imagine him not getting another shot at driving an F1 car. Now he has his chance and he has to make the most of it.
Also in the news is the decision from Renault to sell their team to a Luxembourg-based investment group, but still retain their name and a minority stake in the team. They are also confirmed to be an engine supplier for various teams. After that huge scandal of last season, this is probably the best thing for Renault. They get to keep their name out there, but don’t have to spend oodles and oodles of cash to actually run the team. Hopefully they can try and put on a good show for the crowds this season and be somewhat competitive with the rest of the field. The problem now becomes their drivers. It has been reported that Robert Kubica is skeptical about the whole take over bid from Genii Capital – that Luxembourg-based group from before. Kubica doesn’t seem like the sort of person who likes not knowing what is going on and he is probably sure to want to know all of the details before he actually goes and races for this team. Now, we just have to sit and wait to see where the cards fall.