F1 » Kobayashi exit 'not easiest decision', admits Sauber


Kamui Kobayashi will not be a part of the Sauber line-up next season, but team principal Monisha Kaltenborn admits it was tough to let him go.

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LJ - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 2:53 PM

Remember Kamui is used to this situation, he drove brilliantly for Toyota and then they left him without a ride. Now Sauber have left him for Mexican sponsorship money and some kind of deal with Hulkenberg/Ferrari (imho). His next team he needs to be a step up, not down or out.. I think he can do it.

Sometimes the best things come from the worst situations. Remember Button wasn't likely to find another seat when Honda quit, if it wasn't from Brawn GP, he wouldn't be in F1 still.. That season changed everything for him. The previous season he was given a dog of a car and finished 18th in the championship.. Things can change! Let's hope for the best.

Emmet Carmody - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 2:54 PM

How is Kobayashi so underrated? The difference between him and Perez is just EIGHT POINTS, and could have been much different had Kamui had a bit more luck on certain occasions. While Perez also had incidents that were out of his control, (Pastor at Silverstone and Spa), Kamui's bad luck seemed to occur when he had qualified relatively well. Surely there's a non-backmarker team willing to give this guy a seat, he's a great driver. This sucks y'all.

Max Smoot - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 3:04 PM

It would be good to see Kobayashi go to Force India, the last midfield team to announce their lineup. He still has the fire and might be more agreeable to a lesser salary to stay on the grid as Mallya has financial problems. His experience with the tires is also more recent than Sutil's.

andrew2k

November 23, 2012 3:13 PM

it would be pretty upset at not having a japanese driver on the grid, but then again when you look other top-level racing series such as MotoGP japan have been disappearing from the grid.

In the end its about money and like the saying goes, money talks.

Zeyar - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 3:44 PM

He's beaten De La Rosa, Heidfeld, Perez and is 8 points behind him so far this season. He has been the main points winner in the past 3 seasons for Sauber. Yet he's being unceremoniously booted out for Hypenberg and Pesoserrez.

JV - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 5:30 PM

@Max

If F1 was more like EPL management, Kobayashi would be at team like Lotus Renault or at worst FI. But no... Kamui in 2013 will be gone while the likes of Bruno, Grojean and Petrov are still around.

Bob - Unregistered

November 23, 2012 11:34 PM

Its sad to see Kamui go like this since i was happy to see him score 3rd place but if he does not secure a ride in formula one, i hope he goes to IndyCar so he and Takuma Sato, the two best japanese drivers, can dominate!

Big Azza - Unregistered

November 24, 2012 1:16 AM

I'll be rooting for Kamui in the race to watch him overhaul that 8 points gap to Perez. What a joke it would be if Kobayashi also finished AHEAD of Perez and is going without a drive in F1 next year....

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