Nov.17 (GMM/ Kamui Kobayashi is sounding more optimistic about his chances of staying in formula one in 2013.

Earlier in Austin, Sauber boss Monisha Kaltenborn played down reports the Japanese 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.