Kobayashi downbeat with F1 career in limbo 25 October, 2012 Oct.25 (GMM) Kamui Kobayashi is becoming increasingly resigned to bowing out of Formula 1 at the end of the season. The exciting Japanese driver, who got his break with Toyota at the end of 2009 and was then snapped up by Sauber, admitted recently that he has been told to find some backing or risk losing the seat at the Swiss team for 2013. “Unfortunately my plan for next year is not fixed yet, but of course I will do my best,” he told his Twitter followers this week. “I will try to get my dream,” added Kobayashi, who acknowledged that he feels he has a “high wall” to climb. “But this chance gave me the opportunity to be even stronger in myself. “One day if I need help from supporters of course it will be very helpful,” he added, “and please keep supporting me – it will help a lot!” After losing Sergio Perez to McLaren, Sauber is believed to have decided to replace him with the similarly Telmex-backed Mexican Esteban Gutierrez, and pair him with German Nico Hulkenberg, who will arrive from Force India. “We will communicate in due course who our drivers will be in 2013,” team boss Monisha Kaltenborn told Spox.com. “Our goal is to engage the two best drivers who are within reach for our team. The first selection criteria will be sporting performance.” And she told the Times of India: “We haven’t finalised anything. I won’t tell you anything more on that. “We’ll announce the decision in due course. You just have to wait for a few more races.” Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsFong and Nissany to test a Sauber in ValenciaRussian teenager Sirotkin makes impressive debutSauber looking to put Russian deal back on trackBlow to De Silvestro’s F1 ambitions as funds dry upAt least three F1 teams in battle for survivalSauber: A very disappointing raceSauber: Energy management issues didn’t help us at allSauber: We ran into some unexpected limitationsSauber preview Singapore Grand Prix weekendSirotkin and Verstappen set for FP1 sessions this year Tamburello_1994 I looked up the term “Pay driver” in the dictionary and they had a picture of Esteban Gutierrez there right next to Pedro Diniz’s. Times must be tough if some entity or whatever from Japan can’t get something put together for K. Kobayashi, Similar to Mexico’s investments.