Kamui Kobayashi’s efforts to secure a seat for next year failed with the Japanese driver issuing a statement on Monday that he has now shifted his focus to return to Formula 1 in 2014.
Donation for the ousted Sauber driver poured in after a website was set up to collect funds from fans and well-wishers, a campaign which has now been stopped by the 26-year-old, confirming that he wasn’t able to find a seat for the 2013 season.
“I must mention this that since the donation started, it has become quite big news in Japan,” Kobayashi said. “And because of your big support, it gave huge influences to some of Japanese companies and I started receiving good support from them.
“And I was in the position to bring a budget of €8 million at least. If you could imagine the time I had, it was overwhelming reaction and it shows there still is a great potential from Japanese companies,” he pointed out.
“Unfortunately, the time was still short and I am not able to secure the seat with competitive F1 team for 2013. I have to admit that it is very sad and feel sorry for fans and Japanese companies who supported me. But I am still confident to make it happen in 2014,” he said.
Kobayashi added that he will keep the money to secure a likely seat in the future clarifying that he has “no interests to race any other categories”.