Kobayashi to race for Toyota at Abu Dhabi

Toyota have revealed that Kamui Kobayashi will be racing for the F1 team the final race of the season next weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Kobayashi impressed many during the Brazilian Grand Prix where he qualified his Toyota in 11th before finishing the weekend in ninth place. Kobayashi was drafted into the race seat after Timo Glock crashed out of the Japanese Grand Prix, suffering a cracked vertebra and cut leg, leaving him unable to race for the rest of the season.

“We feel genuinely sorry for Timo that his season, which has included two impressive podium finishes, is ending in this way,” team president John Howett explained. “Having discussed the medical advice with Timo and his management, the team has decided to take no risk and to put Kamui in the car.

“Kamui performed well in Brazil in difficult circumstances so we are happy to ask him to once again deputise.”

Toyota have yet to announce their driver line-up for the 2010 season and on the back of his strong performance in Brazil, many believe that Kobayashi may usurp one of the current contracted drivers and grab a full race seat with the team next year.