Kobayashi’s 2013 seat fund set to pass £1m

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Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, Singapore, 2012Kamui Kobayashi has received almost £1m in donations from fans as he tries to raise funds to stay on the Formula One grid.

Kobayashi launched the Kamui Support website after Sauber confirmed Esteban Gutierrez would join the team for 2013, leaving no place for Kobayashi at the team.

Gutierrez bring backing from Mexican telecommunications giant Telmex. Sauber had already appointed Nico Hulkenberg for next season following Sergio Perez’s move to McLaren.

As of today Kobayashi has raised ¥127,863,961 (£967,000) via the website.

Lotus, Force India, Caterham and Marussia potentially have vacancies in their 2013 driver line-ups, as do HRT, though there are serious doubts over whether they will continue in F1 next year.

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84 comments on Kobayashi’s 2013 seat fund set to pass £1m

  1. How funny it’d be if he didn’t get a seat anywhere…

  2. Alley said on 1st December 2012, 7:38

    If your passionate enough to get where you want. You’ll do all ways and means, even if asking funds from your fans. And if your fan, passionate enough to see your favorite driver on the grid – no questions ask I’ll share my few bucks just to see a deserving driver on the grid. Go KK!

  3. davidnotcoulthard said on 1st December 2012, 9:08

    The white phones in the photo suprised me – they look like cigar boxes!

  4. Salcrich said on 1st December 2012, 14:26

    Given how the drivers seem able to multi task electronics while driving these days perhaps the teams could consider installing a small screen with PayPal capability in the cockpit. If a driver makes a great overtake, a great correction after a slide or a spectacular move fans could send a donation to that drivers fund!! Everybody wins – underrated driver, fans of that driver and spectators. Before you ask – you wouldn’t be able to ask for refunds from the crash meisters

  5. Amigo said on 5th December 2012, 5:41

    Nico Hulkenberg bring his own sponsor to Sauber.
    Who said Nico Hulkenberg doesn’t bring sponsor to Sauber?
    I believe Nico Hulkenberg move to Sauber was wrong because Force India car is always better than Sauber car but Force India will be more stronger than 2012 car in 2013. All teams are starting understanding about Peril Tyres now. Also James Key wasn’t at Sauber anymore. You can’t tell James Key didn’t contribute Sauber car strong performance in 2012. You can see after half season Perez car was a bit slow down even Perez car was always top condition.
    Let see how Sauber cars are competitive and consistency in 2013.
    Also if Nico Hulkenberg was received Kobayashi’s garage and team members and then Nico Hulkenberg will regret for moving to Sauber.
    Mexican sponsor will make sure their driver get good garage and team members left by Perez.
    It’s interesting to wait and see situation at McLaren, Sauber and Force India next year.
    Force India will beat Sauber in 2013.

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