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Kobayashi Gone Begging

For those of you with an interest in F1 – I just saw on Twitter that Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi has posted a link (only in Japanese) that directs fans to a site with information on how to donate to help cover the amount teams are demanding he pay to obtain a seat – they’re accepting donations of ¥10,000 (roughly $121, £76) and higher, in excahnge for which donors will receive a wristband.

It’s not explicitly stated that his negotiations with Sauber are finished, but if so, it also implies his seat comes at a cost.

The site states that “in the economic climate in F1 over the past several years, drivers are facing a situation where they need not only superior ability, but also financial clout to secure a drive.”

He doesn’t guarantee that he’ll win a seat even if he gets enough money, either, which is unfortunate but honest.

The page is also linked from the news section of his home page, seen here:


I’m not sure what’s more shameful – the fact that he’s been forced into this approach or the pay-to-play attitude so prevalent through the midfield these days.

  1. posimosh
    November 24, 2012 at 4:31 am

    I just wanted to post how depressing it is that after decades of crap Asian drivers getting seats they do not really deserve, one comes along who deserves to keep his seat and has to go begging to do so. At the end of the day, all f1 drivers are pay drivers more or less, but was there not some Japanese corporation that could have taken Kobe under their wing? Here’s to hoping he goes to sportscars next year!

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