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

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Bill - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 1:15 AM

If he ain't finishing on the podium driving a inferior car, how is he talented?

Sorry to say that I'm not aware how talented this guy is watching some f1 races this year.

The world is cruel and it's a norm that talent alone doesn't guaranteed success.

David Chaste - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 3:10 AM

I have a feeling he has as much opportunity as anyone in F1, to get japanese sponsorships. There are just plenty of japanese corporations involved in the automotive sector. Many of them can even buy the whole of F1 outright.

Either he hasn't done a good job wooing sponsors or maybe Toyota being involved in Lemans, and Honda in Indycar, they have blackmailed their affiliates and associates to not sponsor a sport they're not involved in. Just my personal speculation.

If he decided to go to Indycar he would quickly find a ride.

Takuma Sato is being comfortably supported by Panasonic in Indycar.


November 28, 2012 4:35 AM

I doubt Toyota will sponsor Kobi driving a mercedes powered car...especially after being in F1 themselves.
KK doesn't have born famous personality or any political leverages like Petrov to gather funds...thats no way connected to his driving talent but thats where motorsports (F1 in particular) stands today

Yamaha R1 - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 6:35 AM

If you can't find a drive in F1 come and spend your year out in BTCC that I would love to see the already crazy BTCC drivers wouldn't know what hit them it would be a classic year!!!!

Amigo - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 5:51 PM

Bill, most of F1 team has No.1 driver in their team. No.1 car is better and reliable than No.2 driver.
However, even though Kobayashi is No.1 driver and leading driver in Sauber but he didn't bring any sponsor to the team. On the other hand, as you know Perez was backing by world richest billionaire Carlos Slim and he give team a lot of money. You can say biggest sponsor ever in F1. So he got better car than Kobayashi. Kobayashi car has always something problem in his car and sometime he couldn't finished the race.
Perez has talent but his backer money is bigger than his talent. Kobayashi always beat Perez when his car was good.
In Chinese GP, Kobayashi over taken on Perez car but Perez push Kobayashi to the wall but Kobayashi comfortable and easily pass Perez car.
Perez has some jealous on Kobayashi ability over taken in any situation. Every time Kobayashi beat him he will give one or two reason why he let Kobayashi to pass him. Perez has no respect to Kobayashi.
Some of F1 journalist

Amigo - Unregistered

November 28, 2012 5:52 PM

Bill, Some of F1 journalists honestly believe McLaren will be better of signing Kobayashi rather than Perez.
Some peoples like David Coulthard said, Japanese driver has no talent. David Coulthard always look down Kobayashi as I heard on BBC. I don't know why David dislike Kobayashi.
As long time F1 fan, we know Kobayashi is most talent driver in current 2nd drivers group. You can know how much he has technical knowledge in F1 car. That's a one of his assets for being driver for team engineer.
I truly believe He deserves cockpit in 2013 regardless of he has sponsor or not. Force India should sign Kobayashi.

LJ - Unregistered

November 29, 2012 12:24 AM

Amigo, most of British media moan about the Sauber drivers "under performing", which is quite ridiculous especially considering their previous season. In reality they never had one of the "fastest" cars overall, it was just very good at high speed tracks and average elsewhere, which would explain the dip in form when they got to slow, twisty circuits.

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