Nov.2 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Kamui Kobayashi has dealt his bid to return to formula one a blow, after photos emerged of the former Toyota and Sauber driver smoking a cigarette.

Walking next to an unnamed Japanese beauty, Kobayashi – who has been racing for Ferrari in GT sports cars this year – was depicted smoking in the photos published by the popular Japanese gossip magazine ‘Friday’.

Additionally, the young woman walking alongside Kobayashi is reportedly not his girlfriend.

A photo can be seen at http://img.speedweek.com/img/f8460867434b4045b3ecd9c231f30077/750/500/Kamui72jpg.jpg

According to 2013 research, almost 34 per cent of all Japanese men smoke.