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Panasonic in Sauber link

Sauber and Kamui Kobayashi are linked with a Panasonic sponsorship deal
Panasonic has been linked to a return to F1 with the Sauber team in a possible tie-up with Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi.

Panasonic acted as title sponsor throughout Toyota's time in F1 and had agreed an extension of its sponsorship deal before the manufacturer elected to leave the sport at the end of the 2009 season.

Paddock rumours published by the French-speaking side of the ESPNF1 website have now suggested however that Panasonic is interested in returning to the F1 scene next season in support of Kobayashi, who was one of the stars of the Japanese Grand Prix with his late charge up the order.

Kobayashi has previously had support from Panasonic having come through the ranks as part of Toyota's young driver programme, and made his F1 debut with Toyota in the latter stages of 2009 as a replacement for the injured Timo Glock.

Although Sauber will carry backing from the Mexican communications giant Telmex next year as part of the deal that will see Sergio Perez partner Kobayashi, the team has remained hopeful that Kobayashi's encouraging form during his first full season would encourage Japanese companies to invest in his career.



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Ironbutt

October 12, 2010 10:06 PM

If you are going back a Japanese driver, Kamui Kobayashi is the better of the two. He is showing some of the same qualities that Kubica and Hamilton showed in their early days. He needs a good car at this point to see if he truly is as good as his flashes.

matto3227

October 12, 2010 4:21 PM

Ok Taz... the cars a shed. Was trying to give it a bit of a silver lining. But the car did go alot better when klien was in it. But my comment still stands... there is very little chance that there will still be a japanesse driver in the HRT car next year, and if Panasonic are interested in sponsoring Sauber then they should take the money. There is too much of what OZ sugguested going on in F1 at the minute... drivers getting seats because they have the backing of a sponsor that is of the same nationality. Kamui getting a sponsor on board because of his performance is much more correct. Sponsors shouldnt just sponsor a driver because of where he came from... its a joke and it is keeping decent drivers out of the sport. Drivers should drive well for sponsers to take an interest... not because they have noticed where they were born!



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