Japanese joy at podium spot
Mon, 08 Oct 2012 2:09a.m.
By Jim Armstrong
Kamui Kobayashi gave the home fans a thrill on Sunday by becoming the first Japanese driver to claim a podium finish at the Japanese Grand Prix in 22 years.
The Sauber driver started from third on the grid and maintained his position to finish Sunday's race at the Suzuka circuit behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Felipe Massa.
Kobayashi held off a strong late challenge from McLaren's Jenson Button - for his first-ever F1 podium, becoming the first Japanese driver on a podium here since 1990.
Kobayashi prevailed by half a second to become the first Japanese since Aguri Suzuki in 1990 to celebrate on the podium in front of home fans.
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