Kobayashi encouraged after 'promising' tests

Kamui Kobayashi is looking to become a regular in the top ten this season, starting with next weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

The Japanese driver, who is entering his third full season in Formula One, put in some impressive times in pre-season testing, especially on low-fueled runs.

However, Sauber's new C31 also showed pace over longer distances where the team seemed to be able to get the most out of their Pirelli tyres.

And although times set in testing are often little indication of what is to come, Kobayashi reckons Sauber are in for a good season.

"I am very much looking forward to what will be my third season in Formula One, and at the same time my third season with the Sauber F1 Team," the 25-year-old said.

We had promising pre-season testing with the C31 and the car feels pretty good. This, together with the experience I gained last year, makes me a lot more confident now.

"For me the main target is that we are more consistent this year. In 2010 we had a difficult first part of the season, and only recovered in the second half. In 2011 it was vice versa - we had a great start but struggled later in the season.

"If we can consistently display our best potential, we could score consistently. It must be like this. Personally I did a lot of training during the winter break and feel very fit now. Melbourne is a great place to start the season because the people there really like racing and Formula One.

"The city is very much alive and, as soon as you get there, the atmosphere tells you: Yes, here we go again, it's time to start!"

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