Kobayashi targets Formula 1 return in 2014

Kamui Kobayashi is part of the Ferrari family this season

Kamui Kobayashi is part of the Ferrari family this season

Japan’s best ever F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi insists that his target is to return to Formula One next year.

Dropped by Sauber at the end of last season, Kobayashi was signed by Ferrari to race a works 458 Italia in the 2013 FIA World Endurance championship.

But the 26-year-old is also keeping a toe in the F1 waters, attending the recent Monaco Grand Prix and then testing an F1 Ferrari at Fiorano in preparation for a demonstration event in Russia next month.

“I will also have a chance to test the simulator in the near future,” said Kobayashi.

“Personally speaking, I want to come back to F1 next year,” he added.

If his mission fails, however, Kobayashi is vowing to repay all of the money pledged by his fans to add to his sponsor offerings to a potential F1 employer.

He said that the money raised so far is still in the bank.

“This [money] was purely for a F1 seat,” said Kobayashi. “And if I don’t need to use it for next year’s F1 seat, I want to return it all to whoever made the donations.”

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(GMM)