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Kobayashi 'working hard' for F1 return

22 July 2013

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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