Sport : F1

Kobayashi gives up on 2013

17th December 2012, 11:09pm

Bet with SkyBet  Formula 1 2013 Season. Click here to bet.

Kamui Kobayashi: Dropped by Sauber

Kamui Kobayashi: Dropped by Sauber

Kamui Kobayashi has conceded defeat in his battle to secure a seat on the Formula One grid in 2013.

The Japanese driver was left without a berth after Sauber elected to go with Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez as their drivers for next season.

Kobayashi, who finished third at his home race at Suzuka in October, had set up a website where fans could donate money to help him secure the funding for a seat elsewhere, while also pursuing sponsorship from several Japanese companies.

But, despite raising over eight million euros, Kobayashi posted a message on the website on Monday evening where he said he was now focusing his efforts on finding an F1 drive in 2014.

His message to his fans on kamui-support.com read: "Since the donation started, it has become quite big news in Japan, and because of your big support, it had a big influence on some Japanese companies and I started receiving good support from them.

"I was in the position to bring a budget of eight million euros at least. If you could imagine the time I had, it was an overwhelming reaction and it shows there still is a great potential from Japanese companies.

"Unfortunately, the time was still short and I am not able to secure a seat with a competitive F1 team for 2013.

"I have to admit that it is very sad and I feel sorry for the fans and Japanese companies who supported me. But I am still confident to make it happen in 2014.

"I would like to stop the donation for now and while I will save all the money for 2014, I will start to look what is the best option for 2013 and also 2014.

"My main priority is to secure the competitive F1 seat in 2014. I have no interest in racing in any other categories."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Bet with SkyBet  Formula 1 2013 Season. Click here to bet.

F1 Videos

    Welcome to the weekend - US GP

    Welcome to the weekend - US GP

    30-October-2014

    Sky Sports F1's Simon Lazenby and Johnny Herbert look ahead to another enthralling Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin Texas.

    Still lots of question marks

    Still lots of question marks

    30-October-2014

    Caterham's Marcus Ericsson is still hopeful that the teams financial problems can be resolved and he can get back to racing.

    Vergne not alarmed by financial situation

    Vergne not alarmed by financial situation

    30-October-2014

    Jean-Eric Vergne says that he is not alarmed by the possibility that both Caterham and Marussia could not feature next season. Vergne is also confident of securing a seat for the next season and hinted it could be with Toro Rosso.

    Hamilton wary of dilution

    Hamilton wary of dilution

    30-October-2014

    Lewis Hamilton thinks that teams having three cars could be great to progress younger drivers but might dilute their efforts through the season.

    Sky Bet

      • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

    Facebook Favourites