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Kobayashi eager to keep F1 dream alive

Kamui Kobayashi looks to keep his F1 career on track despite departure from Sauber
Kamui Kobayashi says he will do what he can to secure a place on the F1 grid again next season after the news that he will leave Sauber at the end of the current campaign.

The expected news that the Japanese racer would be on his way out came on Friday in Brazil after Sauber confirmed that Esteban Gutierrez will join Nico Hulkenberg in an all-new driver line-up for the 2013 season.

Kobayashi now has only limited options if he is to keep his place on the grid and he admitted that he would probably need to find sponsorship if he was to be in a race seat again.

"We see I think still some seats that are available so we try to get a seat," he was quoted by Reuters. "If we can find some sponsors I think it is easier.

"For Sauber it is my last race but for myself I think it is different. Everybody looks really worried but I don't really worry at the moment, I try to work hard to get sponsors and find out what's available for next year's seat."

Kobayashi has already been promoting a website, Kamui-Support.com, via his Twitter account whereby Japanese fans can make donations to help him earn a drive.

"Suzuka had more than 100,000 people at the race... over the three days we had 200,000," he said. "I think we have a lot of potential to get some money from the fans as well. It has been just two days but it's going to help my career for sure."



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23.11.2012- Free Practice 1, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31
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23.11.2014- Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33
23.11.2014- Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
23.11.2014- Race, Pit stop, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
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22.11.2014 - Qualifying, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
22.11.2014 - Qualifying, Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
22.11.2014 - Qualifying, Kamui Kobayashi Caterham F1 Team CT-04
22.1.2014 - Free practice 3, Kamui Kobayashi Caterham F1 Team CT-04
22.1.2014 - Free practice 3, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C33
22.11.2014 - Free Practice 3, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
22.11.2014 - Free Practice 3, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04

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Aks29 - Unregistered

November 24, 2012 4:19 PM

sad to see such a talented driver spreading hands before fans to keep his seat in F1...such a bad thing in the new world that cares only about money... :(

Amigo - Unregistered

November 24, 2012 7:23 PM

It's really sad if Kobayashi was not on the grid in 2013. Being Asian driver he has disadvantage in F1. I heard in one occasion David Coulthard said about Japanese driver Kobayashi as no talent driver. Also ex Formula one driver I don't remember the name said Nico Hulkenberg or Paul Di Reseta or Heikki Kovalainen should replace Kobayashi. I don't see Hulkenberg or Reseta or Kovalainen is better and fast driver than Kobayashi. From the point of F1 Fans view, Kobayashi is doing great job and scoring points steadily. Only fault is he does not have good reliable car like Perez car in 2012 but he still tried to finish one podium. If he were European driver and then he will be signed by top team. Current Formula one is really stupid since FIA try to control spending and budget teams pop up and asked exchange money for driver seat. Also if Kobayashi was in Romain Grojean Lotus seat and then the team will kick him out straight away but Romain Grojean can keep his seat next year. Some drivers



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