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Kamui Kobayashi sports helmet design by Linkin Park

November 25, 2011 1 comment

Hinwil/Los Angeles/Sao Paulo, 24th November 2011 – Sauber F1 Team driver Kamui Kobayashi will be lining up on the Sao Paulo grid for the FIA Formula One World Championship final wearing a special helmet design in a good cause. An encounter with rock band Linkin Park in Singapore sparked the idea for a helmet auction to support aid for Japan through the internationally renowned charity organisation Music for Relief, initiated by Linkin Park.
Since 2005, Music for Relief has raised more than five million US dollars for disaster victims and environmental projects. Of this, 700,000 dollars alone has been donated to Japan to help it deal with the consequences of the disasters that struck on 11th March this year.
Joe Hahn, producer and band member of Linkin Park, personally designed the unique helmet for Kamui Kobayashi. As the Japanese driver explains: “I’ve long been a fan of Linkin Park. I love their music and I’m impressed by the band’s social commitment. I was thrilled to meet the musicians personally in the paddock when they were giving a concert at the Singapore Grand Prix. We’ve been in touch since then and I’m really pleased that Joe Hahn has designed a helmet for me. I hope that we will be able to raise a lot of money for Music for Relief to help rebuild my country.”
Joe Hahn comments: “This was a fun opportunity to create something for Kamui while continuing our efforts to raise funds for Japan.”
In Singapore, the band members were Paddock Club guests of the Good Smile Company, a personal sponsor of Kamui Kobayashi. The helmet – worth 3,500 euros even without its unique design – was provided by Arai Helmet Ltd.
The online auction opens this Thursday (09.00 hrs in Los Angeles/15.00 Sao Paulo/18.00 CET) at:
It ends on Monday, 19th December 2011 (14.00 hrs in Los Angeles/23.00 CET)
About Music for Relief: 
Founded by two-time Grammy winning/multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park, Music for Relief is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since its inception in 2005, Music for Relief has raised over $5 million for victims of multiple disasters across four continents including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, hurricane Katrina, China’s Wenchuan earthquake, a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2011 earthquake & tsunami in Japan. Music for Relief also supports environmental programs as a means of disaster risk mitigation including the planting of over 955,000 trees to help reduce global warming. The organization was recently recognized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the Download to Donate program to raise funds and awareness in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. For more information visit http://www.musicforrelief.org

 

 

 

 

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Sauber – British GP – Qualifying – Saturday, 09.07.2011


Sauber F1 Team

 

Press release

British GP – Qualifying – Saturday, 09.07.2011
Weather: Overcast with rain showers, 17-20°C air, 16-23°C track
Despite some pretty fickle English weather, the Sauber F1 Team had its best qualifying result of the season for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Pérez capitalised on a good third free practice to be eighth and 12th respectively in qualifying. While Q1 started in the dry, a sudden rain shower came before they could change from hard to soft tyres, but this did not bother either Sauber C30-Ferrari as they both had comfortable margins for getting through to Q2. Pérez missed out on Q3 by one of the smallest margins possible, while eighth was the best result for Kobayashi in his F1 career.
Kamui Kobayashi:
Sauber C30-Ferrari (Chassis 01 / Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 8th/1:32.128 min (in Q3, soft tyres) / 3rd Practice: 7th/1:33.014 min
“It was a tricky qualifying with the constantly changing conditions. It was extremely difficult to predict what would be right and what would be wrong, but we have handled this quite well. In Q1 I struggled a bit because I wasn’t used to the car’s balance on the hard tyres, and didn’t have a chance to do a lap on the soft compound because the rain set in. In Q2 the track conditions were still tricky and damp, but in Q3, when I did my final lap on fresh soft tyres, everything worked out the way it should do. I am happy with this lap and I am especially thankful to my team because, due to their hard work, we recovered from what happened on Friday morning. Now I want to make the most of all this in tomorrow’s race.”
Sergio Pérez:
Sauber C30-Ferrari (Chassis 02 / Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 12th/1:32.624 min (in Q2, soft tyres) / 3rd Practice: 9th/1:33.264 min
“I think we did a good job today. It is a shame to miss Q3 by 36 thousandths of a second, but I’m quite happy with our performance. Because of the changing conditions it was not an easy qualifying. Overall here our car is good. This is thanks to some improvements but also down to the circuit. The high speed corners suit us quite well. From where I will start the race I have every chance to score points tomorrow, and I am very much looking forward to my first British Grand Prix.”
Peter Sauber, Team Principal:
“It has become even more difficult to get into the top ten, and this means you are going to be even happier when you make it. Congratulations to Kamui and his crew, as today timing was also very important. Sergio’s 12th place is also alright, and he has saved a set of fresh tyres for the race.”
James Key, Technical Director:
“I think all in all it was a reasonable day. This morning we had the first dry running of the weekend, so there was a lot of work to do. A lot of the test items from Friday had to be carried over to a very busy third free practice, but we pretty much proved everything we needed to, which was good. In qualifying it was tricky, as the conditions were very, very variable and quite difficult to predict, even though we had radar showing that the rain was quite light. It would have been great to get both cars into Q3, but we got one so we can’t complain at all. Sergio did a great job to be 12th, and Kamui did very well to get through. Our position is okay, although it would have been nice to be a little bit further ahead, but we know our race pace is very strong compared to our qualifying pace so we will be looking to make the most of our starting positions tomorrow.“

 

Kamui – Sauber C30-Ferrari
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Sergio – Sauber C30-Ferrari
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Sauber F1 Team – Grand Prix of Europe , Valencia, 26th of June of 2011


Sauber F1 Team

 

Press release

 

European GP, Valencia – Race – Sunday, 26.06.2011
Weather: sunny and dry, 27-28°C air, 45-47°C track
For the first time this season neither Sauber F1 Team driver finished a race in the top ten. Sergio Pérez, having started 16th, just missed scoring by coming 11th in the hot European Grand Prix. After having started on the harder tyres, he only made one stop for the softer compound after 25 laps. Kamui Kobayashi had started 14th on the softer tyres, stopped twice and finished 16th. Overall the Sauber C30-Ferrari was not quick enough on the Valencia street circuit to allow the drivers to attack.
Sergio Pérez: 11th
Sauber C30-Ferrari (Chassis 02 / Ferrari 056)
Tyres: start on medium tyres, after 25 laps change to soft tyres
“In the beginning I had a very difficult time with the harder tyres, but also with the softer ones I had a lack of grip and later in the race I lost a lot of time due to blue flags. It was not an easy Grand Prix for a comeback and I’m happy I was able to race again. I gave a hundred percent, but I’m afraid this was the maximum we could get today. However, we will analyse how we can improve for the future, and I’m sure Silverstone will be better.”
Kamui Kobayashi: 16th
Sauber C30-Ferrari (Chassis 01 / Ferrari 056)
Tyres: Start on soft tyres, after 11 laps medium tyres, after 33 laps soft tyres
“It was a very tough race for me. I struggled all the time and never had the performance to fight. It was difficult to manage the tyres. I tried to take care of them as well as possible, but they were gone pretty quickly. Then, at those times when I wanted to push, I got stuck in traffic. We have some work to do, this is for sure.”
Peter Sauber, Team Principal:
“Up to this race we were able to manage tyres better in the race than others, however, today, this wasn’t the case. During the whole weekend we were not strong enough as a team, but we know we can do better.”
James Key, Technical Director:

“We are disappointed to finish outside the top ten for the first time this year. We took a gamble with both cars with the strategy to try and make something out of our compromised grid positions. Sergio did an excellent job to do a one stop race, which for here was always going to be pretty tough. He made his way to P11 in the end and wasn’t too far from the cars ahead in the points. He got quite badly held up by blue flags, and lost quite a bit of lap time there. That happened just before the last stops, and it dropped him back a bit, so we couldn’t make it there at the end. However, it was a good effort from him to hang on to the tyres. Kamui started on the soft tyres, then went on the medium in the middle stint, and tried to use the new soft tyres in the end as a two stopper. That didn’t quite work out. The medium tyres were too slow, but we didn’t want to run too long on the soft in the end. In hindsight maybe a three stop strategy would have been better. It was always going to be difficult to get a car in the points from where we started, because overtaking is still difficult here. We now have to go to Silverstone, a very different track from the last three, and make sure that we can improve”

 

Kamui – Sauber C30-Ferrari
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Sergio – Sauber C30-Ferrari
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Sergio / Kamui
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Kamui
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Sergio
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Sauber F1 – Canada GP tech preview


James Key, Technical Director:
“Montreal will be the first track this year where slightly lower drag levels tend to be beneficial, although this will depend on the grip of the track surface and the tyres, which are an unknown. Last year we had some interesting strategies developing because tyre degradation was quite high. It’s not clear if this will also be the case with the Pirelli tyres. It’s a circuit with quite a few low speed chicanes and kerbs, so mechanical grip, good traction and kerbing is quite critical. It’s also a track which is one of the hardest on braking, therefore brake stability, brake cooling and general use of the brake system will be something to watch out for. The track in Montreal is usually good for overtaking, and with KERS, DRS and the tyre characteristic it should definitely offer opportunities for this. For the first time this year we will have two DRS zones which will also add to this. Our car will have some modifications to adapt to a lower drag setting, but we will tune that according to the track grip and the conditions. We hope for a good race weekend again. Monaco was a race with ups and downs, with Kamui bringing us ten points but with Sergio not competing after his accident in qualifying. When I spoke to him he sounded very well and was looking forward to getting back to work. We are looking forward to having him back in the car.”
Circuit
Circuit Giles Villeneuve / 4.361 km
Race distance
70 laps / 305.270 km
Schedule
Qualifying and Race at 13:00 hrs local time (17:00 GMT)

 

 

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Sauber F1 Team – Spanish GP ,Race – Sunday, 22.05.2011


Sauber F1 Team

Press release
Spanish GP – Race – Sunday, 22.05.2011
Weather: dry and sunny, 22-27°C air, 32-43°C track
The Sauber F1 Team will leave the Circuit de Catalunya in a happy mood after both Sergio Pérez and Kamui Kobayashi scored points in the Spanish Grand Prix by finishing ninth and tenth respectively. This has added another three points to the team’s score after there has been a Sauber C30-Ferrari in the points for the fourth consecutive race this season. This result is particularly significant for the team’s rookie driver, Pérez, as these are his first ever world championship points.
Sergio Pérez: 9th
Sauber C30-Ferrari (Chassis 03 / Ferrari 056)
“It was a tough race today and a hard fight for points. I’m really happy we made it. My first points in Formula One are obviously something special for me, and it is good for the team that Kamui also scored. The team had a very good race strategy and did a perfect job at the pit stops. I feel that for me today is a turning point in this season. We will continue well and score more points.”
Kamui Kobayashi: 10th
Sauber C30-Ferrari (Chassis 04 / Ferrari 056)
“I lost a lot of time on lap one today. After the start I was pushed into the gravel and then another car touched me, which resulted in a left rear puncture. I had to pit and was relegated to last, which of course cost us a very good set of the soft tyres. I had to do quite a long stint on the harder tyres, which was not easy, but overall the race pace was okay. I’m happy to have scored for the fourth time in a row, and think we are going in the right direction.”
Peter Sauber, Team Principal:
“It is not easy in this very strong field to get points if you start 12th and 14th. Despite a puncture on Kamui’s car, thanks to a good strategy we managed to get both cars into the top ten. Congratulations to Sergio for his first championship points, as after he lost those from Melbourne he has had to wait a while. Kamui has shown another good fight back from the tail end of the field. I am very happy the new aero package has had the effect that the gap to the top teams did not grow and the gap to those behind did not shrink. I want to send a thank you to Hinwil.”
James Key, Technical Director:
“It was a difficult start to the race in many ways. We recovered well and I think both drivers did particularly good jobs to get into the points. It was quite eventful right from the outset when we think Kamui was pushed onto the grass on the first lap and then got a puncture. He ended up coming in at the end of lap one and so was last on lap two. It was a great effort from him to come back and score a point, rather similar to the last race in Turkey, but this time without any tyre advantages. Sergio also drove well. He came in early and then really pushed on the hard tyre. Then we had some reasonably good soft tyres at the end when he managed to get up to the people he was fighting with and overtake them.”
Kamui
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Sergio – Sauber C30-Ferrari
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Sauber F1 Team – Spanish GP – Qualifying


Sauber F1 Team

Press release
Spanish GP – Qualifying – Saturday, 21.05.2011
Weather: sunny and dry, 22-24°C air, 26-40°C track
Qualifying for the Sauber F1 Team was frustrating with the early promise from Q1 turning to disappointment in Q2. The updates the team has brought to the Circuit de Catalunya for the Sauber C30-Ferrari have definitely worked, with the pace for both drivers in free practice demonstrating this. In the end Sergio Perez was 12th fastest in qualifying while Kamui Kobayashi was stuck behind a slower car and so could only manage 14th.
Sergio Pérez:
Sauber C30-Ferrari (Chassis 03 / Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 12th/1:23,367 min (in Q2) / 3rd Practice: 12th/1:24,329 min (19 laps)
“I had no particular problems on my last lap, but it wasn’t good. Being 12th isn’t too bad and I’m very positive for the race, but my run with the new tyres today didn’t work out. This is a shame because I’m happy with the car and this is crucial for tomorrow’s race. Compared to this morning, we have made a lot of set up changes and they work.”
Kamui Kobayashi:
Sauber C30-Ferrari (Chassis 04 / Ferrari 056)
Qualifying: 14th/1:23,702 min (in Q2) / 3rd Practice: 7th/1:23,669 min (17 laps)
“On my last lap, when I was on new soft tyres, a Force India was in trouble in front of me, he made a mistake in turn ten and that was it for me. It is a shame because our new aero package is working well. We have clearly made progress and the car was definitely good enough for a place in the top ten. However, for the race we should be okay and dealing with the super hard tyres will be tricky for everyone.”
James Key, Technical Director:
“It was a bit frustrating for all of us and not representative of where we want to be. Much like the last race, we need to come back a little bit tomorrow and try make something of it in the race. We made some good changes to the car overnight, and Kamui in particular was a lot happier with his car on newer tyres this morning. His pace looked pretty promising for qualifying so we didn’t really change the car much for him. For Sergio there was a little bit of work to do to improve his balance a bit, but that was worked on between FP3 and qualifying. Otherwise FP3 was generally quite good and we were happy the pace we appeared to have yesterday had carried over to this morning, so making a shot at Q3 possible. We did just a single run on soft tyres in Q1. Then we did a quick lap on used tyres in Q2 and a single lap on new tyres at the end of the session. Unfortunately Sergio was just a bit shy of the top ten, while Kamui ended up being stuck behind a slower car for half a lap, so he unfortunately lost his time and was unable to progress from P14, which was set on old tyres.“
Kamui – Sauber C30-Ferrari
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Cuervo – Freeze the Moment
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Sergio – Sauber C30-Ferrari
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Sauber F1 Team – Turkish GP – Race


Sauber F1 Team

Press release
Turkish GP – Race – Sunday, 08.05.2011
Weather: dry and sunny, 15-17°C air, 33-35°C track
Despite very poor grid positions – Sergio Pérez started 15th, and Kamui Kobayashi started last on the grid after a technical failure in qualifying – the Sauber F1 Team managed to score another point at the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul. Kobayashi finished tenth after countless overtaking manoeuvres and despite a puncture. Pérez also had a strong race, but he lost time due to an early stop for repairs and finished 14th.
Kamui Kobayashi: 10th
Sauber C30-Ferrari (Chassis 04 / Ferrari 056)
“It was a lot of fun today, I really enjoyed this race. I found overtaking here a lot easier than last year in Hungary. Before the race I had promised Peter (Sauber) to score points today. It is just one point now because we lost so much time due to a puncture, which was the result of touching Sébastien Buemi when I overtook him. Otherwise I think I could have finished seventh and score more points. The car was great and also the team had a very good strategy for me, so I want to thank them for this. In the end I had to be a bit careful and save the tyres, because the last stint was quite long with 20 laps, but it worked out well.”
Sergio Pérez: 14th  
Sauber C30-Ferrari (Chassis 03 / Ferrari 056)
“We had a good pace today and I clearly had a chance to score my first points. It is a real shame what happened on the first lap. Pastor Maldonado was braking quite hard in front of me and I couldn’t avoid hitting him. I broke my front wing and had to pit. Apart from that I found it quite difficult to manage the tyres – both compounds actually – but the car was really good. I will now continue to work with the team to improve my qualifying performance.”
Peter Sauber, Team Principal:
“The Sauber C30 Ferrari was excellent today, as were both our drivers, and the strategy could not have been any better. Kamui overtook countless drivers, and Sergio also passed many competitors. Unfortunately neither driver was able to get the full reward they deserved today. However, Kamui scored one point despite starting from the back of the grid, which was amazing.”
James Key, Technical Director:
“What an eventful race! A great drive by both our drivers. The car was definitely a lot better than in qualifying, and the drivers extracted the most out of it. It’s a real shame we couldn’t get them both in the points and finish a bit higher up, because it was possible. Unfortunately, Sergio had front wing damage on lap one, and we had to change his strategy and put him at the back of the pack. Kamui had a puncture towards the end of the second stint, which dropped him back. So it’s a real shame, but we can’t complain, because we managed to squeeze a point out of it after starting with both drivers in a compromised position. I think it’s a tribute to Kamui’s race craft to go from P24 to 10. Now we have an updated package for Barcelona, and we hope this will help us to continue to score points on a regular basis.”
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Sergio – Sauber C30-Ferrari
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Kamui – Sauber C30-Ferrari
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