Kobayashi saying goodbye to F1?

By Tales Azzoni, AP, 24 November 2012
© AP Photo/Mark Baker

Kamui Kobayashi suddenly found himself out of a seat for next year's Formula 1 season after Sauber announced Friday that Mexican driver Esteban Gutierrez will race alongside Nico Hulkenberg in 2013.

Kobayashi had been optimistic about retaining his job, but now will have to scramble to stay in F1 next season.

The Japanese driver, whose highlight of the season was a third-place finish at his home country in October, was left behind in part because he failed to gather the kind of financial support brought in by Gutierrez and Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim.

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said it was not "an easy decision" to let Kobayashi go, but added the team was "committed to a new beginning."

 

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