Kamui Kobayashi looks set to continue his motor racing career in Le Mans-style sports car racing.
After three full seasons in F1, the popular and exciting Japanese lost his Sauber race seat for 2013 and failed to find refuge elsewhere. Read more... (161 words, estimated 39 secs reading time)
The world of F1 is “obviously” moving on without Kamui Kobayashi, according to experienced Japanese journalist Kunio Shibata.
Kobayashi, who according to 1980 world champion Alan Jones was Japan’s best ever F1 driver, lost his Sauber race seat for 2013. Read more... (278 words, estimated 1:07 mins reading time)
Sergio Perez believes his 2012 teammate Kamui Kobayashi can return to formula one next year.
Japanese Kobayashi, who in the same 2012 Sauber scored 60 points last year compared to Mexican Perez’s 66, has acknowledged he will not be on the 2013 grid. Read more... (201 words, estimated 48 secs reading time)
Kamui Kobayashi has announced he will not be on the F1 grid in 2013.
Dropped by Sauber, the exciting Japanese driver had been raising money via a fans’ website in a bid to secure an alternate race seat for next season. Alan Jones, Australia’s 1980 world champion, publicly backed his campaign. Read more... (280 words, estimated 1:07 mins reading time)
Sauber have confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg’s teammate for 2013 will be Esteban Gutierrez, who will replace Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi.
“This has not been an easy decision for us to take,” team boss Monisha Kaltenborn explained, “but we have committed ourselves to a new beginning.” Read more... (136 words, estimated 33 secs reading time)
Paul Hembery has named a trio of potential candidates to be F1 tyre supplier Pirelli’s test driver in 2013.
The Briton, who is the head of the Italian marque’s F1 programme, confirmed that Brazilian Lucas di Grassi’s testing contract runs to the end of next year. Read more... (237 words, estimated 57 secs reading time)
Sauber on Wednesday confirmed that Nico Hulkenberg is moving from Force India to join the team in 2013.
But, with Sergio Perez heading to McLaren next year, the Swiss team left the future of the Mexican’s current teammate Kamui Kobayashi in doubt. Sauber “will announce its second driver for the 2013 season at a later date,” the Hinwil based team said in a media statement. Read more... (160 words, estimated 38 secs reading time)
Kamui Kobayashi has admitted he could lose his F1 seat due to a lack of sponsorship.
Sauber is yet to name its 2013 driver lineup, but Japanese Kobayashi was considered likely to stay because his current teammate, Sergio Perez, is heading to McLaren. Kobayashi also boosted his chances with an impressive podium at Suzuka last Sunday. But he admitted in Korea on Thursday: “At the moment I have no sponsors to be here. It’s a very strange feeling. Read more... (214 words, estimated 51 secs reading time)
According to the latest round of rumours, Kamui Kobayashi could find himself without a race seat at Sauber next season – with Heikki Kovalainen and Jaime Alguersuari emerging as possible replacements for the Japanese F1 driver. Read more... (270 words, estimated 1:05 mins reading time)
Peter Sauber has revealed he does not feel rushed to commit to a driving duo for 2013.
With top five teams Red Bull, Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Lotus all now expected to keep their current lineups beyond this season, the Sauber F1 team could in theory boast one of the paddock’s hottest vacancies. Read more... (337 words, estimated 1:21 mins reading time)