Kobayashi.

It had to be really, didn’t it?

After the failure of Kubica to offer any convincing alternative this weekend, the Japanese has to take the prestigious Top Dog crown.

He’s gloriously mental and, whereas at other times this season that’s resulted in a lot of crashing and general waywardness, this time he was spot on.

We still think he counts as a rookie driver – two good races the previous season do not make a seasoned racer. That said, he’s probably been hamstrung this season by his electric performances for Toyota during those races (including his scrap with Button in Brazil).

Looking back a few months to the beginning of the season, the fear was (at least at Badger) that he’d lost his mojo. Thankfully, it turns out it was just the combination of a terrible car and unnecessary hype.

Now that James Key’s come in to the team, they’ve made some real strides with the car – as an aside, how much credit do Kobayashi or de la Rosa deserve for that? – and are finally able to produce the kind of form that allows Kobayashi to do what he does best: scare the living daylights out of other drivers. He’s the kind of driver who when you think, “he wouldn’t do that, would he?”, goes ahead and does it anyway.

For better or worse, for richer or poorer, for crash or no crash, he captures that laissez-faire spirit that people complain has gone out of F1 in recent years. For this Kamui, we salute you.

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