/ Motorsport / Kobayashi racing for free in F1 return

Kobayashi racing for free in F1 return

Linked In Share

Jan.22 (GMM/Inautonews.com) In a last-ditch effort to move up the grid, Caterham overlooked some of the most lucrative ‘pay drivers’ for the 2014 season.

Although his fans pledged their own money towards his return to F1, the popular and feisty Kamui Kobayashi admitted he is only contributing a modest amount – less than $2 million – to the Tony Fernandes-led team’s budget.

“Unfortunately it is not enough to get a seat,” the Japanese told Britain’s Sky, “but hopefully this is a good indication and a message to Tony Fernandes”.

And also in contrast to his main race seat rival Heikki Kovalainen, who needed to be paid a salary in 2014, Kobayashi revealed that he will be driving for nothing this year.

That is despite the fact Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali offered him a new deal to race GT sports cars in 2014, where he would have been paid real money.

“Stefano is not happy I didn’t take it,” Kobayashi smiled, “but it (racing for free) is my decision, my approach and this appeals to Tony, this was my message to Tony.”

Indeed, Fernandes said that while the contribution of Kobayashi’s fans is appreciated, the less than $2 million offering “makes no difference” in the context of massive F1 budgets.

It is those massive budgets, and a lack of success so far, that have Air Asia chief Fernandes’ patience almost at an end for formula one.

Frustrated by the uphill battle to level the playing field in pitlane, he admitted that 2014 could be Caterham’s last roll of the dice.

“If we’re at the back again I don’t think I’m going to carry on,” he said during a media day at the team’s Leafield base.

“Nothing is set in stone, but after five years with no points there is a limit to one’s patience, money, motivation, so it’s an important year,” added Fernandes.

Another example of Caterham’s final push is that it is moving its wind tunnel programme this year into the state-of-the-art Toyota facility in Cologne, as also used by Ferrari.

by Mircea Serafim (my Google+) - Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 - filed under Motorsport. Image credit: .
Linked In Share
Related Articles


Discuss: Kobayashi racing for free in F1 return

Leave a Reply
















Inautonews Facebook PageInautonews RSS FeedInautonews TwitterInautonews Youtube Channel

Sign up to receive our email newsletter on your email. It's safe. No spam!

2015 nose rules benefit Mercedes, Ferrari
2015 nose rules benefit Mercedes, FerrariSep.30 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Two teams already have a "big head start" when it comes to the 2015 regulations, according to Force ...
Nissan GT-R hits tree in New Zealand
Nissan GT-R hits tree in New ZealandThe driver of a Nissan GT-R has completely ruined his ride after losing control of the wheel and smashing into a tree in New ...
ARK Performance Hyundai Genesis previewed for SEMA
ARK Performance Hyundai Genesis previewed for SEMAThe 2014th edition of the SEMA Motor Show is just around the corner and ARK Performance is providing us with a preview of its ...
[VIDEO] See Jay Leno protect his McLaren P1 from paint chips
[VIDEO] See Jay Leno protect his McLaren P1 from paint chipsFamous petrol head Jay Leno has given some serious attention to its newest ride, the McLaren P1, which will now be protected from ...
2016 Chevrolet Camaro spied once more
2016 Chevrolet Camaro spied once moreThe future generation of the Chevrolet Camaro has been caught on camera once more, while it was being tested out near the famous ...
Lexus GS F caught on the open road
Lexus GS F caught on the open roadOur spy photographers have managed to capture the upcoming Lexus GS F on camera, as it was being tested out on public ...
Opel Corsa OPC spied
Opel Corsa OPC spiedThe German based automaker Opel is currently testing out a new top of the line version of the current Corsa, which will be ...
Vilner transforms BMW M6 into unrecognizable vehicle
Vilner transforms BMW M6 into unrecognizable vehicleA BMW M6 Convertible has been drastically transformed by Bulgarian aftermarket specialists from Vilner into an unrecognizable ...
Recall roundup: Toyota Tacoma for rear suspension problems
Recall roundup: Toyota Tacoma for rear suspension problemsToyota has issued a recall for the Tacoma pickup trucks because of a problem with the rear suspension system which may even lead ...
Australia – Mercedes-AMG Performance Studio C63 AMG Edition 507 unveiled
Australia – Mercedes-AMG Performance Studio C63 AMG Edition 507 unveiledThe Mercedes-AMG Performance Studio has recently pulled the wraps off the one-off C63 AMG Edition 507, a vehicle created ...
Recall roundup: Opel Adam and Corsa for urgent steering problems
Recall roundup: Opel Adam and Corsa for urgent steering problemsOpel / Vauxhall has issued a global recall for the 2014 Corsa and Adam models because of a problem with the steering. Bad news ...
Do you know who’s the automotive king of America?
Do you know who’s the automotive king of America?Another year, another Forbes 400 is out. And sniffing through the comprehensive list of larger than life bank accounts, we found ...
Cadillac CTS-V rendered
Cadillac CTS-V renderedCadillac’s upcoming performance sedan, the CTS-V, has been recently rendered and we can now see how it may look like when it ...
US: Los Angeles motorists lose $2,500 annually according to study
US: Los Angeles motorists lose $2,500 annually according to studyA report compiled by TRIP, a Washington transportation research group, sees Los Angeles’ drivers spending no less than $2,458 ...
U.S. – First BMW M3 delivered gets tuned by MORR Wheels
U.S. – First BMW M3 delivered gets tuned by MORR WheelsThe first 2015 BMW M3 delivered to the United States has been recently upgraded by the aftermarket specialists at MORR ...
Read more automotive news


2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Live Images

nissan gt-r crash new zealand 1
ARK Performance Hyundai Genesis 1
Spy-Shots of Cars
Spy-Shots of Cars
Spy-Shots of Cars
bmw m6 convertible vilner tuning stormtrooper 1
Mercedes-AMG Performance Studio C63 AMG Edition 507 1
2015 bmw m3 tuning morr wheels 1
Ferrari F40 goes camping 1
Facelifted Kia Venga 1
2015 ford mondeo uk 1
euro-spec 2015 kia sorento 1

More automotive from inautonews
The driver of a Nissan GT-R has completely ruined his ride after losing control of the wheel and smashing into a tree in New Zealand. The Nissan GT-R was a revolution in the sports car segment, providing supercar performance for a lesser price tag and now, with the new generation being just around ...
read more
Inautonews Editors Section
Test Drive: Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 Executive MT
Test Drive: Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 Executive MT The new generation of the Honda Civic, has added, for the first time ever, an estate version, which is aimed towards families who aren’t exactly ...
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 AT
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 AT The new generation of the Mercedes-Benz SLK has been introduced back in 2010 and production began one year later. The roadster has seen the public ...
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC
Test Drive: Mercedes-Benz ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATICThe off-road adventure for Mercedes started in America back in 1997 with the introduction of the original M-Class generation. The model was notable ...

Editors Section
Inautonews Editors Section
2012 Safest Cars list 2011 Safest Cars [Video] 2011 IIHS Safest Cars [Video] 2011 EuroNCAP Safest Cars 2010 Safest Cars [Video]

Latest in Safety Recall roundup: Toyota Tacoma for rear suspension problemsToyota has issued a recall for the Tacoma pickup trucks because of a problem with the rear ... Recall roundup: Opel Adam and Corsa for urgent steering problemsOpel / Vauxhall has issued a global recall for the 2014 Corsa and Adam models because of a problem ...
Safety Section