F1 » Kobayashi: It's over!


Kamui Kobayashi has admitted that he is unlikely to find a place on the F1 grid for 2013.

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JJJ - Unregistered

December 17, 2012 11:14 PM

A big shame, KK was one of those rare drivers I really rooted for. A sad state of affairs to see him miss out while some others have a seat. Maybe if Perez thrashes (or even matches) Button next year some peoples' eyes will be opened and he can get back in 2014...

I guess this coming from Koba now means the seats at FI and Caterham are also both decided then...

Finally, I hope there won't be any blowback from fans wanting their money back now, but I guess that'll be alright if they're mostly Japanese.

Pole Position - Unregistered

December 17, 2012 11:25 PM

I feel bad for Kobayashi. But, I saw the writing was on the wall when he kept getting upstaged by Perez. It's very telling when Perez gets a Mclaren drive and he's on his way out of F1. He took his seat for granted.

shaken - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 12:23 AM

He should put his monies, energies, and time into getting Honda or Toyota back into F1. There are too many drivers (surprisingly with loadsa money) on the market and not enough teams.

David Chaste - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 12:31 AM

Aside from Infiniti's sponsorship of Red Bull (and Renault actually owns Nissan), there is not any significant japanese component on any part of the grid.

The japanese companies that are in a position to help him are probably very loyal to Honda and Toyota. Those two being involved in Indy and Lemans now, there's no motivation to fund him in F1.

Too bad he says he has no interest in trying anything else. If he had wanted to try Indy, or lemans, while driving a Honda or Toyota engined chassis he would get whatever sponsorship he needed. Panasonic would pretty much sponsor any japanese driver, driving a japanese brand.

Liam48

December 18, 2012 12:43 AM

I'm sorry to all the Perez fans but I see Kamui as the better bet for the future in a top team than Perez.

Look at qualifying and the races. When Perez got on the podium he started outside the top 10 while Kobayashi started inside the top 10. Perez would get the better strategies and he can conserve his tires better. On an average race day Kamui was usually always ahead of Perez until something went wrong in the race and he out qualified Perez more times. I think it's a disgrace that Kobayashi gets boted out of F1 while his team mate (that finished 6 points ahead of him in the standings) get a McLaren.

JV - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 1:00 AM

MotoGP treats its riders better than F1 treats its drivers.

Bernie, as a life long F1 fan, part time MotoGP fan, you are seriously making me considered switching to MotoGP.

19Krpm - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 2:58 AM

Fact is KK was never WDC material. Get over and move on. Piquet Jr picked up the pieces after being trapped by h i t m a n Briatore at Renault, to cause crashgate to benefit Alonso, who claims to this date he knew nothing about the plot. Alonso deserves to stay at Ferrari the rest of his racing career and never win another wdc with a crappy red car. Piquet Jr picked up the pieces, went on to race trucks and seems to be having fun. Second fact, the FIAs green-F1 invention will not be worth the money, it will be an absolute joke so you KK fans don't need to get too emotional about the fact that your favorite driver wont be on the 2013 grid.

Vince - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 3:49 AM

Boo Hoo. He wasn't good enough, end of story. Instead of wasting time trying to get back into the sport in 2014 he should go to a lesser series like indy cars, or retire.

Pole Position - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 5:09 AM

Come on people. I know Kobayashi is a very likeable guy. But, the truth of the matter is he didn't perform well enough to keep his seat. In case we forgot F1 is all about results.

Yak - Unregistered

December 18, 2012 5:41 AM

When the car was good, usually both drivers were doing pretty well. Unfortunately Kobayashi seemed the victim of more bad luck and poor strategy calls than Perez was during the season, although Perez certainly had his share as well. Aside from lucking into a fast one-stop when most others couldn't, Sauber haven't been the best at strategy. Of course... Kamui did also drive over the pit crew. Haha.

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