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Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal of Sauber, has praised Kamui Kobayashi for his efforts over the past three seasons and has thanked the Japanese driver for being a 'fantastic' member of the team. The 26-year-old has been left without a place on next year's grid, with Esteban Gutiérrez being promoted to a race seat.
"I would very much like to say a few words about Kamui Kobayashi as well. 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."
Sauber's 2013 line-up will consist of the aforementioned Gutiérrez and departing Force India driver Nico Hülkenberg, with Robin Frijns taking the reserve role.
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