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Kamui Kobayashi gives up on 2013 F1 race seat

Kamui Kobayashi has written a letter to his fans explaining that he will not be able to secure a competitive race seat for the 2013 campaign, leaving the Japanese driver to focus on a 2014 return. After being dropped by Sauber, the 26-year-old managed to raise more than 6 million pounds, but it is not enough to remain in Formula 1.

Kobayashi’s full letter reads:

‘To All the fans,


Thank you for the big support. I am very appreciative that many of you have donated and (are) trying to make (a) donation.

I must mention this, that since the donations started, it has become quite big news in Japan. And because of your big support, it gave huge influences to some Japanese companies and I started receiving good support from them.

And I was in the position to bring a budget of 8 million Euro 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 the 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 donations for now and while I will save all the money for 2014, I (will) start to look (at) 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 interests to race (in) any other categories.

I will make an announcement as soon as I make a decision for 2013.

So, please wait and (I’m) really looking forward (to) your support for (the) coming year.

All the best,



In 2013, Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez will form the driver line-up at Kobayashi’s former team, while 2012 team-mate Sergio Pérez moves to McLaren.


Source: GPupdate.net


Valtteri Bottas set to secure Williams race seat

Valtteri Bottas is set to replace current Williams race driver Bruno Senna in 2013.

Image source: www1.skysports.com

According to Finnish news papers its a done deal and announcement is expected within the next week.

Finnish F1 broadcaster MTV3′s race commentator Oskari Saari, but also the respected Auto Motor und Sport correspondent Michael Schmidt, as well as others in the Interlagos paddock.

Schmidt said Brazilian Senna, and also his countryman Luiz Razia, have “run through the paddock with suitcases full of money, finding no takers”.

Williams is not confirming the reports about its Finnish 2012 reserve Valtteri Bottas, 23, but the team’s driver manager Alex Wurz said on Saturday: “He is a great talent.”

Williams shareholder Toto Wolff, who is involved with Bottas’ management, said: “We do not want to talk about the driver situation this weekend.

“There’s nothing to report now,” he insisted.

But MTV3′s Saari promised to “eat my hat” if Bottas does not make his race debut with Williams in Australia next March.

Hungary looking to secure F1 race through 2021


Hungary is looking set to secure its place on the F1 calendar for almost another decade.

Germany’s sport1.de reports that Hungaroring boss Zsolt Gyulay intends to secure a deal with Bernie Ecclestone to extend the race deal from 2016 until 2021.

“I think we have a good chance to be one of the European tracks that stays on the calendar,” he is quoted as saying.

“I have to say though that we need to find the right level of investment, because the track is already very well utilised,” added Gyulay.