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AF Corse test for Kobayashi

Kamui Kobayashi to test an AF Corse Ferrari as he evaluates his options for the 2013 season
Kamui Kobayashi could be set to move into sportscar racing for the 2013 season after reports emerged that the Japanese racer is to test with AF Corse this week.

Kobayashi found himself without a drive in F1 after being replaced by the Sauber team, with his hopes of inking a deal elsewhere coming to nothing despite a well-publicised campaign from fans to help raise funds towards a drive.

Kobayashi isn't the only ex-F1 driver joining the Ferrari squad for the test in Spain, with former HRT man Karun Chandhok also getting behind the wheel of the 458 Italia.

The Indian driver switched to sportscar racing last year with JRM but has been forced to look for other options after the British team halted its LMP1 programme after failing to secure the necessary backing for the 2013 campaign.

Should either driver secure a deal with the team for this season, they would join ex-F1 men Giancarlo Fisichella and Gianmaria Bruni in the line-up.

Another man with F1 experience has already been confirmed in the highly-competitive GTE-Pro class, with Bruno Senna recently announced as part of the Aston Martin Racing line-up after leaving Williams.



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JJJ - Unregistered

February 11, 2013 9:44 PM

While it would be a wise decision for Koba to keep his hand in, I'm not sure if the GTE-class is the best thing for him if he wants to go back to F1 in the future. Seems to me like the prototypes are a bit more similar to monopostos and Koba wouldn't want to learn any 'bad habits' that work in a GT car, but not so much in an F1 car... On a different note I'm really enjoying this revival of sportscar racing, with some big manufacturers ramping up their programs and some big name drivers (ex F1 drivers) lining up on the grid, it's really getting more interesting again (though as I understand it there are some things to work out between WEC/ALMS and Grand-AM in 'Murica). F1's leadership troubles are sportscar racing's gain it would seem. I would love to see a sportscar decade like the 70s or 80s that I've now only read about...



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