Pirelli set to give Kobayashi 2013 testing role

Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Sauber. Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Preparations, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Thursday 11 October 2012.Axed Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi looks set to spend the 2013 season testing tyres with Formula 1’s official supplier Pirelli.

The Italian marque has invited the media to its Milan headquarters on Wednesday for the launch of the sport’s 2013 tyres and a press conference “with Pirelli’s main motor sport protagonists”.

The French sources F1i and Eurosport are reporting that Japanese Kobayashi, the former Sauber driver, should be announced as the main Pirelli tester for this year.

An Italian source is reporting the same.

Late last year, when 26-year-old Kobayashi was mentioned as a possible test driver for 2013, Pirelli’s Paul Hembery answered: “It’s a possibility.

“We’ll see what happens with him. I imagine he’s still trying to get a (race) seat, so we’ll wait.”