Kobayashi critical of money over talent

By on Sunday, July 21, 2013
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kamui Kobayashi has criticised the tendency for some Formula 1 teams to prefer money to talent as he targets a return to the sport in 2014.

Kobayashi raced in the sport between 2009 and 2012, finishing on the podium in Japan last season.

This year Kobayashi is racing for Ferrari in the World Endurance Championship.

Kobayashi also tested a Ferrari F10 at Fiorano in May.

"It’s been an unusual year for me,” Kobayashi said. “I chose to tackle a new adventure with Ferrari, racing a 458 GT, rather than not drive. In the FIA WEC, we have some ground to make up on the best, but there are still five races to go and if we improve the car, we still have a chance of bringing home the title," he added.

Kobayashi nonetheless believes he can return to Formula 1 but that his chances will be restricted by the financial situation.

"At the moment, there are many teams who prefer to choose their drivers based on how much money they can bring, rather than on their ability on track: I hope this trend will change, because my aim is to be back there as soon as possible and I am working hard to succeed."

"Meanwhile, all I can do is give my all to Ferrari in the GT races and be available to the team for whatever they want me to do, such as events like this, or when they ask me to help with the development of the car by working on the simulator."

Kobayashi demonstrated a Ferrari F60 in Moscow but crashed in wet conditions.

"The track was very slippery and there was a marked bump at that point, which is why I hit the barrier. A shame, but I am pleased the team let me out again after a few minutes," he said.

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