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Kobayashi still aiming for F1 return

Kamui Kobayashi: It's been an unusual year for me. I chose to tackle a new adventure with Ferrari, racing a 458 GT, rather than not drive...
Kamui Kobayashi has said he hasn't given up on F1 and he is hoping to get back there 'as soon as possible'.

Kobayashi was dropped by the Sauber team at the end of last season and this year he is racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship behind the wheel of an AF Corse-run Ferrari 458 Italia.

However, despite that, he sees the WEC as more of a stop-gap, rather than anything else.

“At the moment, there are many teams who prefer to choose their drivers based on how much money they can bring, rather than on their ability on track: I hope this trend will change, because my aim is to be back there as soon as possible and I am working hard to succeed,” Kobayashi told the Scuderia's official website during the Moscow City Racing event last weekend, where he actually ended up crashing his Ferrari F60.

“Meanwhile, all I can do is give my all to Ferrari in the GT races and be available to the team for whatever they want me to do, such as events like this, or when they ask me to help with the development of the car by working on the simulator,” he added.

“It's been an unusual year for me. I chose to tackle a new adventure with Ferrari, racing a 458 GT, rather than not drive," he continued.

“In the FIA WEC, we have some ground to make up on the best, but there are still five races to go and if we improve the car, we still have a chance of bringing home the title. Personally, I believe that I have made a good impression, given this is my first season in closed cars and with a team-mate, Toni Vilander, who is very strong and has been taking part in these races for a decade.”

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Kamui Kobayashi. Ferrari F60. Moscow City Racing 2013 [Pic credit: Ferrari]
Kamui Kobayashi tests Ferrari F1 car   [pic credit: Ferrari]
26.05.2013- Kamui Kobayashi (JAP)
23.05.2013- Free Practice 1, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP)

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July 22, 2013 11:57 AM

He deserves to be there, he has several years experience and is quicker that most of the wannabees who buy there drives and then dissapear into oblivion. Unlike them he has proved he is quick and can adapt to the current tyres and race strategies, sorry he crashed in Moscow but they probably thought that's what F1 drivers do for a living! Who would you rather have driving for you? Kobayashi or Susie Wolff!

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