Following an unnoticed complication to Glock’s injury, Kobayashi made his Formula One debut at the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Kamui Kobayashi is a Japanese professional racing driver who, as of 2021, competes for Toyota Gazoo Racing (GR) in the FIA World Endurance Championship and KCMG in the Super Formula Championship. He has raced in Formula One, Formula E, the GP2 Series, and the GP2 Asia Series in the past (which he won). Kobayashi, along with teammates Mike Conway and José Mara López, is the 2019-20 World Endurance champion. He is Japan’s third FIA world champion, following Toshi Arai and Kazuki Nakajima. He won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2021 while driving for Toyota Gazoo Racing.
On November 16, 2007, it was announced that Kobayashi would be the Toyota F1 team’s third driver, replacing the departing Franck Montagny. During the 2008 and 2009 seasons, he served as the team’s test and reserve driver. Kobayashi competed in the first two free practise sessions of the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix in place of Timo Glock, who was ill. Glock recovered in time for the third free practise session and qualifying, but was injured in the final session and had to withdraw from the race. Toyota requested permission from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) to enter Kobayashi in the race, but this was denied.
Following an unnoticed complication to Glock’s injury, Kobayashi made his Formula One debut at the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix. He qualified 11th in a chaotic session that lasted over two and a half hours and was red-flagged twice due to rain-related accidents. Early in the race, while running sixth, he held off a challenge from Jenson Button, who needed to finish well to win the world championship. He finished tenth, but was later promoted to ninth when Heikki Kovalainen was penalised. Button joked that Kobayashi was absolutely crazy, very aggressive. He also raced in the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix because Glock’s injury had not healed completely.
Following Toyota’s withdrawal, Kobayashi’s future was uncertain, but he was named to lists of potential drivers for the series’ new teams in 2010. On December 17, 2009, after weeks of speculation, it was confirmed that he would drive for Sauber for the 2010 season. Despite the fact that BMW had sold the team back to founder Peter Sauber after the 2009 season and that it no longer used BMW components, the team was still known as BMW Sauber, as it had been for the previous four seasons. Pedro de la Rosa, a former McLaren tester, was his teammate. On February 2, Kobayashi completed his first laps in the new Sauber C29 chassis during F1 winter testing.
Kamui Kobayashi is not dating anyone as of 2022. Kamui’s age is 36. Kamui Kobayashi has previously been in at least two relationships, according to CelebsCouples. He has never been married before. He had at least two previous relationships. Kamui Kobayashi has never been married. Kamui Kobayashi was previously involved with Yû Abiru (2010 – 2011) and Yû Hasebe (2011).