Kobayashi more optimistic about F1 future

Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber on the drivers parade.Formula One World Championship, Rd18, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday 4 November 2012.Nov.17 (GMM) Out of contract Kamui Kobayashi is sounding more optimistic about his chances of staying in F1 in 2013.

Earlier in Austin, Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn played down reports that the Japanese driver needs to find a sponsor in order to keep his race seat.

And now Kobayashi is quoted by Brazil’s Globo: “I am confident.

“Although there is no agreement yet, things are moving in the right direction. I think the situation is better than before.

“Regarding the money and all that is necessary, I think everything will be fine. But we’ll see,” said Kobayashi, who was strongly tipped to be replaced by the Telmex-backed Mexican Esteban Gutierrez.

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