Kobayashi raises 500,000 pounds for seat
27 November 2012 – Kamui Kobayashi has already raised around 500,000 pounds towards a race seat for the 2013 Formula 1 campaign through his dedicated support website, with the Japanese driver fighting to secure a place on the grid after losing his Sauber drive.
Kobayashi, who is being replaced by Esteban Gutiérrez at the Hinwil-based squad, created the donation page ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix, giving supporters the opportunity to aid his quest to remain in the sport. As of Tuesday morning, the total collected stood at 65,813,672 yen (approximately 499 thousand pounds).
Lotus, Force India, Williams, Caterham and Marussia are yet to confirm their full line-ups for 2013, but a wide range of drivers are fighting for the respective positions.