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Featured WEC: Kobayashi promoted to Toyota LMP1 lineup

Discussion in 'World Endurance Championship' started by Jack Hunsley, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Jack Hunsley

    Jack Hunsley
    Staff Premium Member

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    Former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi has been confirmed as Alexander Wurz's replacement in the Toyota LMP1 squad for the 2016 season.

    Kobayashi will race alongside Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin for the 2016 season, as the trio intend to make up for Toyota's lackluster 2015 campaign with the all new TS050 HYBRID car.

    Since his last appearance in Formula 1 in 2014 Kobayashi has been keeping sharp by combining a testing role at Toyota with a seat in the Japanese Super Formula series, where he placed 5th overall last season. Meanwhile he came very close to replacing Nakajima for the Le Mans 24 Hours after his fellow countryman recovered from a heavy crash sustained in a practice session for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

    Kobayashi has previously raced in the WEC of course, having driven for the Ferrari AF Corse outfit following his dismissal from the Sauber F1 team following the 2012 season.

    In addition to announcing Kobayashi's promotion, Toyota also have revealed their new liveries for Toyota GAZOO Racing's various racing endeavors, with the team abandoning their blue liveries in favour of a red, white and black colour scheme

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  2. Matej Lakota

    Matej Lakota
    Sriple Tix Premium Member

    Well, Toyota will be my favorite P1 car this year ...
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  3. Lorenzo Bonder

    Lorenzo Bonder
    The self-proclaimed "BADASS" driver of RD. Staff

    My favourite Eastern driver going full time in 2016!?
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  4. TTupsi

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    I just hope Audi and Porsche change their liveries too so we don't have three teams with white-black-red liveries..
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  5. SK

    Prince with a thousand enemies. Premium Member

    Well this has encouraged me to go to more WEC races this year. Already going to two of them at less cost than going to one Grand Prix. Lol
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  6. Every time I hear his name I just think about 'the usual suspects' !!

    Classic film :inlove: not sure about the driver:unsure:
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  7. R.J. O'Connell

    R.J. O'Connell
    Commentator/Contributor Staff Premium Member

    The story goes that Kobayashi really wanted to stay in WEC the first time around. With Toyota, he now has a proper homecoming, and a chance to test his abilities sharing a car with an experienced driver like Sarrazin.
  8. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
    JWB 96-13 Staff

    Really? All that I've read (on Autosport) was how unimpressed he was with GT cars, how he couldn't wait to have a chance on F1 again etc. I mean, he ended up using crowdfunding money to buy a seat in Caterham instead of continuing as a factory Ferrari driver.
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  9. Azure Flare

    Azure Flare
    World's fastest mobile chicane Premium Member

    Loving the new livery. I don't know if it's my eyes or not, but the red looks fairly orange to me. I would paint the wheels black though.
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  10. 4 8 15 16 23 42 108

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    Only the 5th-most famous race driver from Kerpen

    Which ones? I will be at Spa and Nurb. Le Mans seems forgotten here.
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  11. SK

    Prince with a thousand enemies. Premium Member

    Camping at Le Mans and Silverstone
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  12. 4 8 15 16 23 42 108

    4 8 15 16 23 42 108
    Only the 5th-most famous race driver from Kerpen

    Ah, I read it you would visit three this year.
  13. Alex Townsend

    Alex Townsend
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    Where is our 'jelous as hell' smiley?
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