has admitted he could lose his formula one seat due to a lack of sponsorship. Sauber
is yet to name its 2013 driver lineup, but Japanese Kobayashi was considered likely to stay because his current teammate, Sergio Perez
, is heading to McLaren
Kobayashi also boosted his chances with an impressive podium at Suzuka last Sunday. But he admitted in Korea on Thursday: "At the moment I have no sponsors to be here. It's a very strange feeling. Getting a sponsor is very important for the future," he is quoted by Sapa-AFP news agency.
Kobayashi admitted that having to find sponsorship in order to stay in formula one is a frustrating task for an established driver. "Driving and thinking about the car is the driver's job, but now we have to think about sponsors. It's not what a driver should have to do," he said. "I'm a little bit surprised, but I will try to stay in formula one for the next few years."
The 26-year-old said even his breakthrough podium on home turf in Japan last weekend has not opened the sponsorship floodgates. "At the moment I have been very busy, but I will need to look (for sponsors)," said Kobayashi. "I really need to think about this. It's a pity." (GMM)