Kobayashi raises money to find F1 seat

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Kamui Kobayashi is still not sure of a driving seat next year in Formula One, but the Japanese is determined to find one, even if he needs help from his fans. A special website has been set up, hoping to raise enough money to get a seat in the few teams that still have one open for 2013.

Kobayashi debuted in 2009 and this year at his own Japanese GP secured his first podium finish, driving for the Sauber F1 Team. The Swiss based team however decided to sign Mexican Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg, requiring the Japapenese to look for another team.

Kobayashi said to Reuters: "I think still some seats that are available so we try to get a seat. If we can find some sponsors I think it is easier. This is Formula One. Everybody looks really worried but I don't really worry at the moment, I try to work hard to get sponsors and find out what's available for next year's seat."

After seeing so many fans turn up to support Kobayashi at the Japanese GP, the website www.kamui-support.com is to help raise the money that is needed for an F1 seat. Those who make donations will receive special wristbands.

At this moment, Lotus F1 Team appears to have the most interesting seat, but also Sahara Force India, Caterham F1 and Marussia still have one or more seats available.