Kamui Kobayashi believes Sauber can "achieve something special" at Silverstone in the British Grand Prix next weekend.

15250 - Kobayashi eyes 'something special' at Silverstone

Sergio Perez has finished on the podium twice as Sauber has hinted at being able to win a grand prix in the right conditions this season. Kobayashi, however, is yet to match those heights with a best finish of fifth place in the Spanish Grand Prix. Having run strongly in Valencia during the early stages of the race, Kobayashi believes Sauber has the car to be competitive at Silverstone.

"I'm really looking forward to this race, and my expectations are quite high," Kobayashi said. "Silverstone is one of my favourite circuits. Our cars were always good in medium and high speed corners, but with the Sauber C31 we have also improved the performance in slow corners, which means we should have no problems with the new part of the track, which was introduced in 2010.

After colliding with Felipe Massa in the European Grand Prix, Kobayashi has a five-place grid penalty for the next race, but he's still confident of a shock result.

"Despite the fact I have to cope with a penalty, which will send me five places down the grid, I'm optimistic for this race. I believe we have the potential to achieve something special in England and I hope for a little more luck as well."