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China will suit Sauber - Kobayashi

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Kamui Kobayashi was sixth in Australia but retired from the race at Sepang © Sutton Images
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Kamui Kobayashi expects the Shanghai International Circuit to suit Sauber's C31 next weekend.

Sauber is coming off the back of a second place for Sergio Perez in Malaysia, but that was a result of the weather conditions rather than the car's outright pace. Kobayashi himself retired from the race having only qualified in 17th place in the dry, but he said that he was looking forward to China because the circuit characteristics should help the car perform.

"I always have a good feeling for this grand prix," Kobayashi said. "I really like the circuit near Shanghai because I enjoy its high speed corners very much, and as well as that they should suit our car. Last year the race was great fun and I scored a point after having started 13th."

Kobayashi also said that he felt Sauber should be able to use its tyres better at Shanghai, but was aware that other teams could be more competitive as a result of upgrades.

"The track temperatures might be lower than recently in Malaysia, as I expect them to be more like they were in Melbourne, and this also should be better for us and the tyres, but we have to see how it is once we are there. In any case I will go there with a positive approach and after the small break it will be interesting to see who brings what updates for the cars."

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