Kamui Kobayashi has thanked those fans who have already backed his campaign online to help secure backing for the 2013 F1 season.
Kobayashi has found himself without a drive after Sauber elected to field an all-new line-up for next year, with Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierriez having inked deals for the two race seats.
Ahead of the season finale in Brazil, news broke of a new website, Kamui-Support.com
that had been set up by the Japanese driver to help in his bid to raise funds to secure a drive.
In a message on his Twitter
account, Kobayashi has now revealed that nearly £500,000 has already been donated by fans, which could be added to any potential sponsorship he can raise to then take to a team.
“Thank you for your support from everyone to 'Kamui Support',” the message read. “Thank you very much. On 27 November, the current fundraising total was ¥ 65,813,672. Thank you kindly.”
After his departure from Sauber, Kobayashi has been left with limited options for 2013, with Force India and Caterham the two most likely options.