F1 » Donations roll in for Kobayashi


Fans show support for Kamui Kobayashi's bid to be on the 2013 F1 grid

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Angry F1 fan - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 4:04 PM

It's a big shame that money is so big a factor that talented drivers like Kobayashi are being forced out of F1 in favour of pay drivers such as Petrov and Bruno Senna.

Kobayashi in the Force India? Not the best choice...
I see Grosjean still hasn't been confirmed at Lotus

Zeyar - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 4:23 PM

It's quite a good idea to crowdsource your sponsorship like this. 10000 yen is about 80 pounds/$100. In England, going to a football match is about 80quid (50 for ticket, 30 for travel, food, parking etc.) Forgoing a football match to watch Koba tearing it up for 20 weekends a year on TV is quite a good return on your investment. It's the equivalent of a pint every race weekend and there are conceivably a few thousand die-hard Japanese fans who would want to do this and maybe a few thousand global fans who would, aswell.

arcuid

November 27, 2012 4:34 PM
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Mike, with the Japanese economy flat most companies there are in survival mode one reason there is no Japanese engine manufacturer in F1 at the moment. F1 is an expensive sport and teams big and small have to look for sponsorship because sponsors come and go or cut their funding. I like Kobayashi to stay in F1 but he does not have the sponsorship money to retain his seat at Sauber and sadly asking his fans for donations is the only way he can get a drive unless some company is willing to fork over some moolah as a sponsor.

LJ - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 6:37 PM

*if* he didn't get a contract I'm sure he'd return the funds or put it towards a charity. Kamui does a lot of good work for Japan and he helped much during the Tsunami disaster, raising much money.

The question that he may not be on the grid next year, I see as completely absurd. I fully expect him to be their next year.

sodesu - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 7:44 PM

On thing's for sure, it's definitely a testament to his immense popularity that he's been able to gather so much so quickly. He's a great guy, a real character and a proper racer so I would be very sad to see him go, even if the homeless, the kids in Africa, the hurricane victims on Haiti etc need the money more.

JJ - Unregistered

November 27, 2012 8:00 PM

I see both sides of the argument on this. Sure donating $ to a F1 driver to keep their career seems beyond ridiculous in a sport awash with money. At the same time, I agree with those above in that you can view this as a paying a ticket to see your fave team play. People will do what they will with their money.

KK has done a stellar job this year. It seems weird to me that Perez, who has scored only 6 points more than him is going to McL, and Hulk who is replacing him is only 3 more points than him at the end of the season yet he is out of a drive. At the same time, Drivers like PdR who has 20 points less keeps his seat. I hope KK lands at FIF1. If he has to Caterham, maybe scoring their first ever points.

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