F1 » Sauber, Force India decided on second drivers?


Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta could be about to find out who their 2013 team-mates will be, with Sauber and Force India tipped to be the next squads to reveal their hand....

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hatta - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 12:44 PM

I really want to see Kobayashi next year, he is a fresh air to f1,his driving style reminds me of f1 drivers of the 80's,where the most of current drivers race like qualifying, he always drive to entertain us,just like Mansell who made all the Brit proud, this year the sauber team put their best effort to sergio's car,because he brought money to the team, it's so sad to see money is more important than talent

fastlane66 - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 1:22 PM

Why don't they (teams) auction driver seat for highest bidder?
Kobayashi has no hope for cockpit in 2013.
With current Japanese economy it's very hard to find sponsor for him.
It's shame if he can't find seat for next year.

LJ - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 1:33 PM

It appears there may be seats at FI & Williams if Carlos is correct. I'm not sure Sauber would appreciate being told who they choose for a driver, but he makes it sound like a done deal.

Kobayashi has gone back to Japan to decide which sponsors he will accept to back him. By the sounds of it he has had offers from a couple of Japanese companies and from other countries as well.. But he said he would prefer to take Japanese backing because he wants to promote his country.

I think from a commercial point of view Bernie would be keen on keeping Kobayashi in the sport, without him Japanese GP will suffer I have no doubt.

Zeyar - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 2:29 PM

The Japanese economy may be tanking but remember they are still the 3rd largest economy in the world and twice the size of Germany's. Plus, most of their large companies are outward looking and rely on foreign markets so foreign visibility will no doubt be important especially as F1 is expanding in Asia and Japan does most of its foreign business with Asia nowadays

Zeyar - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 2:32 PM

I hope he get's Grosjean's seat at Lotus. I like Grosjean but he was pretty much parachuted into that seat. He was poor in his debut and he's been thoroughly outscored by Kimi this year whilst being involved in more than his fair share of fck ups. It will serve him well to do a stint at a midfield team.

KK, on the other hand, has shown he is a solid point scorer and a capable lead driver having beaten De La Rosa, Heidfeld and Perez. I think that is a fine apprenticeship and he deserves a good car now.

hatta - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 2:40 PM

may be Kobayashi will be backed by Honda in 2014 if they return to F1 under the new engine regulation? but I agree with FJ he is needed in commercial point of view, it reminds me of Hulkenberg when he lost his Williams seat

hatta - Unregistered

November 08, 2012 2:50 PM

F1 bosses and FIA desperate to see overtaking increase in F1, so they are faking it with KERS and DRS (according to Jacques Villeneuve) but this man (Kobayashi) can do it naturally and now he's losing his seat, what a funny world!

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