Kamui Kobayashi, Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Yas Marina, 2012

Kamui Kobayashi loses Sauber seat for 2013

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kamui Kobayashi, Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Yas Marina, 2012The confirmation of Esteban Gutierrez at Sauber for 2013 leaves current driver Kamui Kobayashi without a seat for next year.

Gutierrez’s team mate will be Nico Hulkenberg, as was confirmed last month.

Team principal Monisha Kaltenborn paid tribute to Kobayashi: “Over the last three years Kamui has shown us he is not only a fierce competitor on the track, but also a wonderful person and fantastic team player.

“Every member of our team has the greatest respect for him, and his podium in Japan was a particularly emotional moment for all of us. This has not been an easy decision for us to take, but we have committed ourselves to a new beginning and our time with Kamui will come to an end after the final two races of the season.

“We wish Kamui all the best for the future. Our thanks also go to Sergio Perez, who has claimed three podiums for the team so far and now has the opportunity at McLaren-Mercedes to display his immense talent with one of the most successful teams in Formula One history. We would also like to wish Sergio all the best and every success for the future.”

Kobayashi joined Sauber in 2010 (when it was still BMW Sauber) after making his F1 debut for Toyota in the last two races of 2009.

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97 comments on “Kamui Kobayashi loses Sauber seat for 2013”

  1. And how do you rate Perez this season compared to Kobayashi?

    1. Better than, if I’m totally honest.

      1. How better?
        It’s not like Perez totally smashed Kobayashi to bits.

        1. The final points tally isn’t the only measure of a driver’s ability. For instance, Perez scored three podiums in two years. Kobayashi has scored one podium in three years, and he only got it after Perez picked up his three podiums.

          If Kobayashi is better than Perez, why us Perez going to McLaren? Don’t say money – Perez doesn’t bring so much as a peso to McLaren.

          1. True points,

            Also some of Perez points came from very good team race strategy while some of Kamui race strategy was like ???

            You could say Perez has better speed in qualify where Kamui lacks his consistency there.

          2. Mclaren has future backup sponsor if need be (Vodafone future not secure?).
            Slim is now major player in F1.
            The 2 mexican drivers are privleged to have such heavy duty backing.
            Any driver would love to gave that.
            If Kamui had his own Japanese version of Slim Billionaire backing him than Force India or the like would have come to him for sure.

      2. Perez is definitely more talented and more skillful,
        he has the ability to squeeze out every drop out of the Sauber’s car, however, Kamui is a stable driver with more consistency. But you cannot win of being nice and humble, you need that rawness and pure wild genius to get to the top. And make the game more watchable.

        1. davidnotcoulthard
          23rd November 2012, 16:18

          But you cannot win of being nice and humble

          Does that bring us to Alain Prost?

          1. Yes, indeed ….the good Alain

  2. I’m extremely saddened by this. Vijay, please sign him up.

    1. The world of F1 can be harsh. But id rather have Bianchi in that second FI seat. It would be better to give a rookie an opportunity than to have the seat filled by a known quantity,who,to be honest,isnt really top-class.

  3. One of my favourite drivers too. Let’s hope he gets a good seat for next season!

  4. I’d like to see him at Williams replacing Senna who is a bit of a non event…

  5. Don’t want to support Sauber if this leads to Kaumi’s F1 exit. But then they got Hulkenberg and he is an amazing driver and person :(

  6. Really gutted by this news. I know there were rumours but after what Kaltenborn said about money not being a driving factor for Kobayashi’s seat it offered a glimmer of hope. Either I’m being naive there…or he’s lost his seat because they just don’t think he’s good enough. At least he managed to get on the podium at his home race which is a fitting tribute if this is the end of his career.

    I think he deserves a drive elsewhere based on his skill.

  7. Yesterday Kamui uploaded a video on his Youtube channel, some people translated it says more or less: “The point of this video is that Kamui started a fundraising campaign on his official website and opened a bank account in Japan. Kamui asks Japanese fans to help him financially to get a competitive seat´╗┐ in 2013″.
    Another person said the same “Kamui is asking for contributions at his web site to get a seat of next season”.

    Here it is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7FY2eGSL88&lc=i3FzZKeTeiF8rmb06HT73yJ64dvifPZ45CeEYkKrQIs&lch=email_reply&feature=em-comment_reply_received

    1. It’s pretty sad that talented drivers are having to resort to begging for money TBH…

      He should release an international fundraising campaign too though. I can only find the support page on the JP site (good news you get a wristband!)

      1. Oh, no no no….now Kamui is asking for funding publicly in youtube ??!!!
        Sad…really Sad….he is the best F1 driver out of Japan or Asia for that matter ever….

        1. Yes we should suggest on the Youtube comments to open an international account.

  8. It’s a shame to see someone like Kamui making a possible exit from the sport. He may not have been as frequently brilliant as Perez this season — though, I feel his podium was Sauber’s best — but he still possesses a large amount of talent. His issue is that, like Perez, he’s still a little rough around the edges. He seems to have more natural speed than Sergio, but just doesn’t seem as able to bring home the big points. I think this clouds people’s view of the actual differences between the two, which has resulted in one jumping in to what might be the best seat on the grid for next season, and the other looking likely to bid farewell to the sport after this race.

  9. At least he can go back to the sushi restaurant…

    It’s no surprise really, it’s been building up to this. Will Senna grab the Force India seat? Bottas seems a shoe-in at Williams

  10. It is a shame that KOB is losing his sit at Sauber, I really think he is a great driver. But I don’t think people are giving Gutierrez enough credit fo getting that seat. He is a pay driver, no doubt about it, but he also has a phenomenal racing curriculum I think (BMW, GP3 champion and GP2 3rd place). Even if he is pay driver, he is in F1 for a reason and he really has earned his sit at sauber by his own merit. He is 21 years old and as soon as he gets some rythm in F1 I’m sure that he is gonna show some real talent. Anyway, I really wish Koba gets a seat at Force India instead of Sutil. Hate to see him go

  11. hope he can join Force India

  12. When Kaltenborn has told Kamui that no pressure to bring in finance, she was bloody honest and right !….what she really said was…”Dear Kamui….don’t worry…we will come by the Sushi Restaurant next year when JPN GrandPrix is on…

  13. Gutted at this. Ironically, Gutierrez’s timing screen name would be ‘GUT’.

  14. I just want him to get a seat next year and become Saubers worst nightmare, passing them in races.. Out scoring them and denying them progress in the constructors. He’s improved every year he has been in F1. Given the right car I think he continue that trend. I honestly believe he has something special in him like some of the great world champions.. It’s just going to take the right team to bring it out in him.

  15. Sauber has been a starting point for a lot of great F1 talent and I have always hoped that Kobayashi would join the list of Sauber drivers to find success with the front-running teams. While I am excited to see that Frijns will get the opportunity to test at the F1 level, I am disappointed that Kobayashi’s career in F1 seems to be at an end.

    I think it’s a shame that we will get to see what Perez can do for a top team but that we will never see the same for Kobayashi.

  16. I started watchin formula 1 cox of these amazing jap drivers…but this guy kamui..was the best…can’t imagine him in red bull and he would have won the championship long time back…sauber used his inputs and then asked him to **** off as he didn’t have sponsors….

    Very sad for formula 1 too see such a watchable and talented driver off…if I had the money…I would have funded him…just love his overtakes….

  17. Lotus should consider to replace crashkid Grosjean by Kobayashi !!!

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