WEC driver and former Formula One competitor Kamui Kobayashi tested a Ferrari F10 at the Fiorano track in Italy, in preparation for a demonstration event in Russia this coming July.

Kobayashi has been working with Ferrari since March of this year, when he signed on to run a 458 in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).

The 26-year-old Japanese driver began his Formula One career in 2009 with Toyota, and moved to Sauber the next year. His Formula One career was put on hold this year after failing to find funding to remain in the series, despite good results and a hard charging attitude behind the wheel.

Kamui Kobayashi testing a Ferrari F10
Kamui Kobayashi testing a Ferrari F10

Photo by: Ferrari Media Center

His test with Ferrari was simply to get accustomed to the car before the Moscow City Racing event slated for July 21, so no lap times or driver comparisons were released, but the young Japanese driver was excited to get behind the wheel of a car he raced against on track.

“The first feeling was one of great happiness,” said Kobayashi.

“I raced against this car and I knew how quick it was, so it was very important to get some experience of it. Last year’s race in Brazil was the last time I drove a Formula 1 car and now I am racing in WEC (World Endurance Championship) in a 458 GT and the impressions are completely different. But it wasn’t hard to readapt, because in the past, I’ve driven all sorts of cars and I’m used to change.”

Kobayashi added that he is excited to run the car during the event in Moscow.

“It will be very nice to drive an F1 car again at this event in Moscow and for me it will be a double debut: the first time at the wheel of a Ferrari F1 car in an event and my first visit to the city,” he said.