Kobayashi may refund ??1.2m in donations from fans

2013 F1 season

Kamui Kobayashi, Ferrari, Fiorano, 2013Kamui Kobayashi has pledged to refund the donations made to his support programme if he fails to secure a place in Formula One.

Kobayashi lost his seat at Sauber last year due in part to a lack of support from sponsors. He set up a Kamui Support programme for fans to donate money to his racing career.

The campaign has raised ??184m (??1.2m) so far. But Kobayashi, who is racing for Ferrari in the World Endurance Championship this year, says he will only use the money to further his F1 career.

“Personally speaking, I want to come back in Formula One next year,” he told his official website.

“And today, there is one thing I want to be clear about Kamui Support. The all donations of Kamui Support has not been used at all this year, because this was purely for F1 seat.”

“And if I don?t need to use them for next year?s F1 seat, I want to return all to whom made donation.”

“At Monaco Grand Prix, I spend whole weekend with the Scuderia Ferrari team,” he added. “And following Monday, I had a chance to check F1 cars at Fiorano for Moscow event scheduled in July. I will also have a chance to test simulator near future.”

“I will put all of my effort for the jobs Scuderia Ferrari offered to me and hoping to give you good news as soon as possible. So, I wish you all the best and keep supporting me.”

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46 comments on Kobayashi may refund ??1.2m in donations from fans

  1. Irejag (@irejag) said on 1st June 2013, 0:20

    If F1 was a little bit cheaper to run then I believe that we would see a lot of talented drivers out there right now, like Kamui.

  2. Jono (@me262) said on 1st June 2013, 3:29

    not even a podium at suzuka was able to save his F1 career,,, Gutierez replacing him highlight$ the $ad $tate of affair$ in F1

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