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Kamui Kobayashi: An Expensive Loss?

Toyota's recent decision to leave Formula One at the end of 2009 has left many jobs in doubt, just as it did with Honda this time last season. One man who could certainly feel down on his luck following the news is 23-year-old Japanese starlet Kamui Kobayashi, who filled in for an "injured" Timo Glock for the final two races of 2009. With Glock imminent to leave Toyota anyway, one could wonder how serious the German's injuries actually were. But in a season where new drivers struggled to make a real impression, such as Jaime Alguersuari or Romain Grosjean, Kobayashi was the stand-out performer. The young Japanese driver first got a taste of Formula One action covering for an unwell Glock in the Friday practice sessions at Suzuka. It may wel...

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