Kamui Kobayashi is refusing to give up on racing in Formula 1 despite being left on the sidelines for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin after Caterham entered administration last week.
Following the sale of the operation back in July by Tony Fernandes, Caterham has faced a great deal of financial turmoil, with both the old and new owners claiming not to have received what they were due.
The team was taken over by administrators last week, who confirmed that it would not be racing in Austin or Brazil and that staff will not return to work until a new buyer is found.
Administrator Finbarr O’Connell confirmed yesterday that he has a number of parties interested in the team, but for the time being, drivers Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson have been left on the sidelines.
In a post on his Facebook page, Kobayashi said that he felt it was his duty to return to Formula 1 in the near future.
“I am concentrating all my energy on keep racing in F1,” the post read. “I believe in F1. I want to make F1 more popular in Japan. Japan is a very important market for F1, also for Japanese automakers, if F1 and motorsport become more popular, it will bring so many possibilities.
“Also, it is my role to keep racing in F1 so every child in Japan still can dream about F1. If I want to live in easy, I could choose other way. And it is big challenge to find racing solutions without money. But I will not to give up easily to achieve my childhood dream.” [sic]
Both Kobayashi and Ericsson have made the journey to Austin despite not racing this weekend, with the latter conducting work for Swedish television.
According to some reports in the paddock, Ericsson is closing in on a seat with Sauber for the 2015 season for a possible second year in F1, thus displacing either Adrian Sutil or Esteban Gutierrez.