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Kobayashi eyeing Lotus race seat for 2013 F1



Ex Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi linked with Lotus F1 team, the report says that the Japanese speedy could be replacing Romain Grosjean as next season race driver.

Last week Sauber F1 team confirmed that Esteban Gutierrez will replace Kamui Kobayashi for 2013 F1 race seat.

Following losing his Sauber race seat for the reason that he can’t lift sufficient sponsorship money, the Japanese swift set up a ‘Kamui Support’ website for fans can donate money to help boost up his funds.

November 27 reports said: Current fundraising total was $800,000.

Lotus F1 achieved more steps in this season, especially their pilot Kimi Raikkonen took top podium in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, also he set third place in drivers and the Finn become one of the most consistent driver in the 2012 F1.

“Kimi comes at a cost to us, but they put on the other hand, he points to enable more successful in the manufacturers’ series, which will bring more money to the team sides” Lotus’ Gerald Lopez told the Turun Sanomat.

Finland’s top newspaper, Turun Sanomat has reported that Japan aims to collect personal support package, which could provide FREE GIFTS agreement. When Raikkonen is Kobayashi after the most popular F1 driver in Japan, such a stable partnership could well boosts aid package arrangement of the Japanese company in the world. Lotus is already a Japanese sponsor.

Grosjean is certainly the spearhead of the candidate list Raikkonen team as a friend. Oil giant Total supports the French driver to pay a Lotus five million more, as long as this is the racing missions.

The French driver set 8th place finish in the drivers’ championship and scored only 96 points. Uncooperatively, his team-mate Raikkonen came third in the standings and scored 207 points.

Kamui should have done better in this season which chiefly include former F1 driver, Alain Prost.

“It’s a shame for Romain, as not finishing his season in Brazil very well is a problem, What’s more important, speed or reliability? That is what Lotus must decide,” fellow Frenchman Alain Prost told RMC Sport.

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