Now here’s some surprising reading: an analysis by the anoraks from Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport has found that Kamui Kobayashi recorded the highest number of off-track moments, spins and accidents during the entire 2010 season.
The report also showed that Kobayashi’s fellow F1 rookie, Nico Hülkenberg, achieved the fewest instances where he damaged his car or was unable to return to the pits as a result of a driving error – the statisticians counted just two driving errors all season in every practice and qualifying session, and every race in 2010.
Kobayashi, meanwhile, clocked up sixty recorded errors (including 11 crashes) in 2010!
And where did Vitaly ‘Crasher of the Year’ Petrov wind up?
The Russian driver recorded ten crashes en route to claiming third-worst on the ‘mechanic’ headache’ list, tying with Michael Schumacher. Felipe Massa finished second overall.
But Kobayashi was quick to reject suggestions he is a ‘kamikaze’ driver, recently telling spox.com: “If I was a kamikaze driver, I would not have got this far.”
Team boss Peter Sauber also hit back at these suggestions, adding: “It would be doing him an injustice to only focus on this aspect of his driving. Kamui is also a very clever driver and understands how to put a pre-defined strategy into action.”
Above all, he’s certainly proven himself to be the most fun to watch in 2010!
[Original image via AUTOSPORT]