Kamui Kobayashi biography:
Long time Toyota protégé Kamui Kobayashi gets his Formula One testing break with the Japanese team in 2008.
Kobayashi started his race career in karting in Japan before joining the Toyota Young Drivers Programme and moving to the Italian and German Formula Renault series’. Success followed in 2005 in Formula Renault Eurocup and the Italian Formula Renault championship.
A move to the Formula 3 Euroseries saw Kobayashi finish in eighth position in 2006 and then fourth the following season.
After years of investment from Toyota, Kobayashi will continue his learning curve, this time with Formula One machinery, in 2008.
Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2004 German Formula Renault Prema Powerteam 2 0 0 16 31st
Italian Formula Renault Motopark Academy 17 3 2 134 7th
2005 Italian Formula Renault Prema Powerteam 15 4 6 312 1st
Formula Renault Eurocup Prema Powerteam 16 4 6 157 1st
2006 Formula Three Euroseries ASM Formule 3 19 0 0 34 8th
2007 Formula Three Euroseries ASM Formule 3 20 1 1 59 4th