Kobayashi aiming for prompt Formula 1 return

Kobayashi aiming for prompt Formula 1 return

22 July 2013 – Kamui Kobayashi says he is determined to return to the Formula 1 grid as quickly as possible, and has criticised teams for making financially motivated line-up decisions.

The Japanese driver, who was dropped by Sauber at the end of last season, is now contesting the World Endurance Championship (WEC) with Ferrari, but insists his ambition to compete in the top echelon of single seater racing has not taken a hit.

Kobayashi says "many teams" are currently choosing money over talent, a trend he hopes will reverse itself and allow him to make a comeback in the near future.

"At the moment, there are many teams who prefer to choose their drivers based on how much money they can bring, rather than on their ability on track: I hope this trend will change, because my aim is to be back there as soon as possible and I am working hard to succeed," Kobayashi told the official Ferrari website.

"Meanwhile, all I can do is give my all to Ferrari in the GT races and be available to the team for whatever they want me to do, or when they ask me to help with the development of the car by working on the simulator."

Kobayashi represented Ferrari at the Moscow City Racing event last weekend, but crashed the outfit's Formula 1 show car on a sodden track. He commented: "The track was very slippery and there was a marked bump at that point, which is why I hit the barrier. A shame, but I am pleased the team let me out again after a few minutes."

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