Catching Up With F1 Cult Hero Kamui Kobayashi! | Beyond The Grid | Official F1 Podcast

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As we herald in a new era of racing with the addition of AlphaTauri's young gun Yuki Tsunoda, hear from one of Japan's biggest cult heroes in the F1 and wider racing world, Kamui Kobayashi, as he joins Tom Clarkson this week on Beyond The Grid.
Topics in this episode:
0:00 - Welcome to Beyond The Grid with Kamui Kobayashi
4:34 - Kamui’s memories of his Suzuka podium
9:33 - Gifts from Japan’s passionate F1 fans
12:50 - What Kamui taught Sauber teammate Sergio Perez
17:22 - Kamui's tyre-whispering secrets
18:42 - Why Kamui’s former teammate Perez will have a tough job at Red Bull
20:18 - A bittersweet moment on the Suzuka podium
22:39 - Kamui’s rise from go-karts in Japan to Formula 1 around the world
24:54 - Kamui’s big break: joining Toyota
27:19 - Racing Vettel, Hulkenberg and Grosjean in junior categories
28:59 - Fighting championship-chasers on his F1 debut
31:13 - ‘Wow! This is quite easy!’
32:09 - Kamui on Toyota’s exit
38:25 - Kamui’s lessons for 2021 rookie Yuki Tsunoda
41:22 - Why Kamui chose Caterham over Ferrari
43:50 - Chasing victory at Le Mans: ‘We just need luck!’
48:53 - Overtaking Alonso and upsetting Ferrari
51:55 - Your questions and stories from last week, answered!
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  • If you’ve ever met Kamui we’d love to hear from you. Maybe he signed an autograph for you at Suzuka? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter using @TomClarksonF1 and #F1BeyondTheGrid - we might read your story out on our next episode.

    FORMULA 1FORMULA 114 napja
    • L

      Howard HeardHoward Heard6 napja
    • @greatkali just asked dude. No need to throw a fit

      A-W-E KKKA-W-E KKK13 napja
    • ​@A-W-E KKK man.. try out google first, before you ask silly questions

      greatkaligreatkali13 napja
    • I met Kamui in the paddock of the Daytona 24 this year. I was lucky to be one of the few that got a VIP pass to the live pits during the race, and I got to meet him as soon as he got out of the car at the end of the race. It was an amazing experience.

      CybereCybere14 napja
    • I wish I met Kamui 😆

      JraybayJraybay14 napja
  • Next podcast: Yuyi ide

    Andre ZagalAndre Zagal4 napja
  • I Want To See Kamui Back To F1 Especially On The Podium. Because When He Take Podium, F1 Not Broadcasting On Indonesia

    Jusmin #28Jusmin #284 napja
  • Kamui is one of my all time favorite drivers. Truly excited to see him in Beyond the Grid. Now, let's take a listen. :)

    Steven van de StaakSteven van de Staak7 napja
  • One of my favourite midfield drivers! 👌🏾

    What seek yeWhat seek ye9 napja
  • Seriously, I have been watching F1 for almost 40 years and I feel that this guy is easily on the Top-10 ever of racing and fighting mentality. Sadly, criminally underrated.

    Everybody GoesDownEverybody GoesDown10 napja
  • Kamui one of the best drivers in the last 10 years! I miss him so much in F1 :(

    E36 DriverE36 Driver11 napja
  • TAKI INOUE next!!!!!

    El BonitiilloOEl BonitiilloO11 napja
  • I feel nothing is so happy that Japanese get noticed in F1🤩🇯🇵

    趣味が多い人趣味が多い人11 napja
  • Greatest Japanese driver, though #2 Sato has most interesting story with his David vs. Goliath Bicycle race wins in High School.

    Adam PettenAdam Petten11 napja
  • If he was in top teams he would get race sometime... Unfortunately he was lost by pay driver...

    日本大学の犬日本大学の犬12 napja
  • 0:42 unexpected but ok

    RupanjanRupanjan13 napja
  • Great épisode, thank you !! I'm a Toyota guy Can you make pascal vasselon comme toi the show?! Have a great day 😀

    toyota celicatoyota celica13 napja
  • One of my favourite F1 drivers. Always exciting to watch.

    Zulu RomeoZulu Romeo13 napja
  • Alternative History, Kamui went with Honda racing school instead

    IronicalballsIronicalballs13 napja
  • Kamui deserved at the very lest an F1 win to me

    Key 20Key 2013 napja
  • Kamui did it to Button in Brawn F1 in his maiden race too.

    IronicalballsIronicalballs13 napja
  • It's a shame that Kamui couldn't continue in F1. The costs in motorsports and seemingly everything have gotten out of control. We're at a point where there aren't enough seats for true talent and we have to justify the seats of many pay drivers in F1 and down the ladder...

    sonson13 napja
  • Loved watching Kamui

    mmafan2223mmafan222313 napja
  • I know Red Bull can easily demote or drop their drivers, but they are financially stable and never pick their drivers based on their sponsors. It's very important for Yuki not to lose his seat. He can just stay focused on his performance to be a better driver.

    Haruto YamamotoHaruto Yamamoto13 napja
    • Perez has a 50/50 chance to be dropped after this year though.

      PepePepe13 napja
  • One of a few drivers I’d openly say was underrated. Never given long enough to prove himself in the right car

    Ryan RyanRyan Ryan13 napja
  • One of my favourite drivers, he was great at Sauber.

    HKF1HKF113 napja
  • Kamui Kobayashi, Takuma Sato and now, we have Yuki Tsunoda.

    Full camp OezdemirFull camp Oezdemir13 napja
  • Stellar interview.

    NicholasNicholas13 napja
  • loved kobayashi when he was on the grid, the man always felt like a real racer

    LordSeth1000LordSeth100013 napja
  • I like to watch F1, having a beer too😁🍺. Great Guy! Still have a long career ahead!

    Romero AssunçãoRomero Assunção13 napja
  • Kamui and Wehrlein both deserved so much more seasons in F1. A shame the budget cap took so long to materialize.

    halofreak1990halofreak199013 napja
  • This guy is no longer in the F1 because he didn't have money from sponsors to buy his seat.... Modern F1 - where money counts more than skills.

    DamianDamian13 napja
  • What he said about the car suiting Max is so true.

    Ciaron SmithCiaron Smith13 napja
  • Does he still have the Le Mans record?

    DaveMcIroyDaveMcIroy14 napja
  • Ahh.. So Kamui did teach Tsunoda for a bit, interesting.

    Abraham ArthemiusAbraham Arthemius14 napja
  • Better then most drivers on the grid today

    Aka DeadpoolAka Deadpool14 napja
    • Mazepin, Schumacher, Tsunoda, Giovinazzi, Stroll, maybe even Vettel I'd say and Gasly

      sonson13 napja
  • Japanese drivers need to calm down. They are way too aggressive.

    Ciaron SmithCiaron Smith14 napja
    • Yes I have seen that..

      DLDL13 napja
  • Imagine what Kobayashi could do for a team like Alfa Romeo or Williams... Give this man a seat!! He deserves another chance, and he always delivers the goods!!

    K Ben24K Ben2414 napja
  • 映像ないんだが、日本だから?

    こーへいへーい。こーへいへーい。14 napja
  • Hoping Kamui brings his wonderful Karma and sense of humour to the F1 races in support of Tsunoda. The kid is really fast but could use a Gerhard Berger/AlainProst/NikiLauda sort of calming Guidance in Japanese, by a guy who has been there and done that. HONDA? Hire Kamui.

    Christopher Robin GarrishChristopher Robin Garrish14 napja
  • Exciting driver, but not consistent enough, unfortunately.

    Matt AlfordMatt Alford14 napja
  • As per his instagram, Kamui’s father recently passed away. Condolences to him 🙏🏼

    Samuel SantosSamuel Santos14 napja
  • My favourite mid field driver form the 2010’s really wanted him to stay at n the sport longer I have a soft sport for him

    MarscarsMarscars14 napja
  • Super star

    Prashant ParekhPrashant Parekh14 napja
  • Kamui es un cohete, merecía estar muchas más temporadas en f1, obtuvo un podio con un Sauber 🔥🔥

    Manuel MolinaManuel Molina14 napja
  • Why does everyone keep mentioning how tall he is? WHO CARES?!

    Jamaul DrewJamaul Drew14 napja
  • I miss Kamui, he was the driver I followed the most when he broke through in 2009. He would have done a great job had Toyota stayed in F1. I followed him into WEC and he did pretty well there, but I wish he had stayed in F1. He holds the track record at Le Mans by over 2 seconds. The shock on other teams/drivers face that day was quite funny :).

    LeJimsterLeJimster14 napja
  • IMO Kamui was criminally underrated

    Mike SuarezMike Suarez14 napja
  • He was a better driver than Inoue haha 😂 in the 1990s

    Samuel AndrewsSamuel Andrews14 napja
  • Kobuyashi may not have a long F1 career as he should’ve, his gentle tire technique is passed down by Perez, making him one of the best driver in F1

    SandalphonCPU • 210 years agoSandalphonCPU • 210 years ago14 napja
  • カムイさん無茶苦茶英語上手いやん!

    RyosyamaRyosyama14 napja
  • Yuki: hippity Hoppity I'm your Property Oh hold on

    Henry's luxuriate tissueHenry's luxuriate tissue14 napja
  • 4:40 what about putting video images intead of just sound?

    El BonitiilloOEl BonitiilloO14 napja
  • 1000th like

    stelios Kappastelios Kappa14 napja
  • Keep in mind this guy got let go for Gutierrez....

    Connor SmithConnor Smith14 napja
  • cult hero? try harder

    LowBidEverybodyDownLowBidEverybodyDown14 napja
  • Bro when kamui was racing when tsunoda was 11

    IDontKnow FCIDontKnow FC14 napja
  • 日本人ドライバーを取り上げてくれるのすごく嬉しいんだけど、なんだか不思議な気分になるんだよな。 日本のF1ファンとドライバーって世界でも何か特別に大切に扱ってもらってる気がするんだよね。

    ぐらんつーりすもぐらんつーりすも14 napja
  • Time travel as well is he. Was he not in the star trek film when Kirk hacked his space ship.

    Krt CampbellKrt Campbell14 napja
  • This guy is still one of the best drivers in the world. I heard that he may have a seat lined up in Indycar, I really hope to see it happen

    Marco VenostaMarco Venosta14 napja
  • Gosh i miss this guy!

    PLZFrostyPLZFrosty14 napja
  • Such a humble man. I want Kobayashi-sensei to come back. I want him to race alongside Yuki Tsunoda

    鎧塚みぞれ支持中華民國統一中國鎧塚みぞれ支持中華民國統一中國14 napja
  • Sauber in F1 2012 season was fantastic. He is get the podium at the Japanese Grand Prix.

    KurisanKurisan14 napja
  • Come back F1 Kamui🙏

    Knee Grip RiderKnee Grip Rider14 napja

    Maks PtakMaks Ptak14 napja
    • Sim Dane 👌😂

      KMS Boss 2010KMS Boss 201012 napja
  • Kamui deserved a competitive car, he had the championship potential.

    Ozan KulcuOzan Kulcu14 napja
    • He doesn't even get competitive car in LMP Toyota. He's on the B team, but Kamui took Le Man lap record. Toyota doesn't like it that he qualifies ahead of A team.

      IronicalballsIronicalballs13 napja
  • One of the best, if not THE BEST Endurance racer of this decade

    iiColeCusteriiColeCuster14 napja
  • I miss Kamui so much

    NewfieOn2WheelsNewfieOn2Wheels14 napja
  • @35:16 Kamui just killed everyone's hopes and dreams like that, "100% no, cause im a toyota driver"

    CheriosCherios14 napja
    • True, Toyota has been pretty busy with Endurance & Rallying. Those two motorsports are more closely related to Toyota after all compared to F1.

      Abraham ArthemiusAbraham Arthemius14 napja
  • Hopefully tsunoda has more successful career, More podiums and more pts.

    Fayzul rafiFayzul rafi14 napja
  • So it took Tsunoda to drive masterfully to remind you to do a podcast with Kobayashi?

    Alpha WolfAlpha Wolf14 napja
    • This was recorded before that.

      FootworkFootwork14 napja
  • My absolute hero when I started watching F1

    Tall ManTall Man14 napja
  • Toyota wasted entire character of Kamui, where at last he showed real pace of toyota car at he end of the season. Poor fate!

    Puspharaj SelvarajPuspharaj Selvaraj14 napja
  • Kamui Kobayashi is definitely underrated driver, but We knew how he fast and amazing.

    mr morimimr morimi14 napja
  • Kobayashi is racing at IMSA right?

    Maky 6969Maky 696914 napja
    • WEC, he drives for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing in the #7 GR 010

      iiColeCusteriiColeCuster14 napja
    • WEC

      ViPDriver GTViPDriver GT14 napja
  • 可夢偉 角田はワシが育てた(教えた)

    matrix 17matrix 1714 napja
  • 2012 p3 Suzuka was one of my happiest times to watch him

    Donny BlacksDonny Blacks14 napja
  • Great driver without a great Formula 1 car

    Yaiba KuroganeYaiba Kurogane14 napja
  • Kamui stands in a line with names like Frentzen, Alesi and Kubica as absolutely amazing drivers who sadly never achieved the maximum of what they could have achieved in F1 because of truck loads of misfortune, bad choices, etc...

    JokeyZockeyJokeyZockey14 napja
    • No. Frentzen fought for a title in 1999.

      Ciaron SmithCiaron Smith13 napja
  • He became my favorite driver when I started watching 10 years ago. Him and Perez in the Sauber always got the most out of the car. Kobayashi with loads of overtakes and Perez making his tyres last forever thus always saving a pitstop - they were so easy to root for.

    Charles WestfieldCharles Westfield14 napja
    • Yeah, it's crazy to think of that sauber vs this one. The 2012 season was just great for us Sauber fans.

      Tim TyberTim Tyber7 napja
    • Like Alpha Tauri this year, easy to root for them!

      Vince OuelletVince Ouellet13 napja
  • Kobayashi is a LEGEND!! One of the purest talents in racing history.

    LPKelly380LPKelly38014 napja
    • Yuki: hold my 2000s gang

      Henry's luxuriate tissueHenry's luxuriate tissue14 napja
  • I swear kamui might have got a ferrari seat at some point

    jxshxhjxshxh14 napja
  • Criminally underrated driver

    apxapx14 napja
  • 小林可夢偉にはもっと値するです

    藤林ゆり藤林ゆり14 napja
  • The better Nation Podcast.

    Elit3BlazeElit3Blaze14 napja
  • I miss Kamui in F1 - was always rooting for him to get a podium in the Sauber and was so happy when he got P3 in Japan!

    Jon ChuiJon Chui14 napja
  • Kamui man if you read this we love you, we have loved all the racing you have done and off course that podium in Suzuka is one of the most memorable moments in F1

    andy Vettelandy Vettel14 napja
  • Kobayashi had confidence in his hard braking, as Tsunoda has to be.

    theo theotheo theo14 napja
  • 31:13 ここすき

    ちゃんちゃん14 napja
  • 1つ要望ですけど、シーズンに行われるダイジェスト映像も含めまして、日本のF1ファンのためにも日本語字幕を用意してくれないでしょうか? One request, would you please prepare Japanese subtitles for Japanese F1 fans, including the digest video that will be held during the season?

    brueriderMaxbrueriderMax14 napja
  • I'm still a Sergio Perez-fan because of the Sauber team in 2012. Loved Kamui and Perez in that season and every season since. I'll never forget that podium Kamui got in Suzuka and the crowd chanted his name! Thankfully, Perez is still racing in F1!

    Bastiolo48Bastiolo4814 napja
  • KA MU I

    sentao de panasentao de pana14 napja
  • To the Japanese, Kobayashi is the pride of Japan. Of course, Tsunoda too.

    ??????14 napja
  • KOBOOBOOOO!!!!!!!

    Pro TharanPro Tharan14 napja
  • Instead of Kamui we got the egghead

    Formula 1 FanFormula 1 Fan14 napja
  • That's FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPION Kamui Kobayashi. Put some respect on the name.

    Rich BakerRich Baker14 napja
  • Kamui is definitely in the top 5 for drivers that have been badly wasted..

    K1234K123414 napja
  • Kamui's hair-pin overtakes at Suzuka in 2012 were great to watch.

    Kris AKris A14 napja
    • @pine2pine3 Ok, I stand corrected.

      Kris AKris A13 napja
    • It was 2010 man

      pine2pine3pine2pine313 napja
  • He is still 34 he can come back

    Soham BelgeSoham Belge14 napja
    • Yes like Damon hill started F1, at 33 and became a champion as well for this I admire him.

      DLDL13 napja
  • Tsunoda is coming

    Trap NewsTrap News14 napja
  • I hope there will be a podcast with Rio Haryanto, i want to see how's he going rn after being the first and the last Indonesian Formula 1 driver

    JworkJwork14 napja
  • That moment when you remember Kamui That moment when you realise he was a young boy in 2012 That moment when you realise his podium was in 2012 That moment when you realise his last drive was in 2014 with Caterham *That moment when you realise his podium happened almost 10 years ago*

    Just A Random GuyJust A Random Guy14 napja
  • Are you okay Sauber?

    FairRodTheCapacitorFairRodTheCapacitor14 napja
  • Last podium of Sauber Japan 2012

    Takumi FujiwaraTakumi Fujiwara14 napja