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.



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