Kamui Kobayashi moves to Super Formula in Japan

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After losing his seat at Caterham amid the team’s financial collapse at the end of 2014, Kamui Kobayashi has today announced that he will be returning to Japan to race in the national Super Formula championship.

In a statement on his Facebook page, the former Sauber and Toyota driver confirmed that he would be joining the series for 2015 as he looks to revive his racing career following a tough year with Caterham in 2014.

“I join Super Formula series for 2015,” Kobayashi wrote. “Happy to back my home race after 12 years in Europe. I would like provide exciting driving and amazing show on track! All races will take place in Japan so please come to Japan and let’s have a real race with me!” [sic]

Kobayashi made his F1 debut for Toyota back in 2009 before spending three years with Sauber, with the high point being an emotional podium finish at his home race at Suzuka in 2012.

For 2013, Sauber opted to draft in Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg, but Kobayashi landed on his feet by securing a works drive with Ferrari’s AF Corse team in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He finished seventh in the final GTE-Pro standings.

However, much to the fury of the Ferrari team, Kobayashi opted to walk away from the WEC in 2014 so he could join backmarkers Caterham in F1.It proved to be a disastrous move as the team’s financial woes meant it stood little chance on track

It proved to be a disastrous move as the team’s financial woes meant it stood little chance on track, and with Kobayashi not bringing backing to the team as a pay driver, he was left out in the cold and dropped for the Belgian Grand Prix to make way for Andre Lotterer. His final appearance for Caterham came in its last-minute comeback in Abu Dhabi where he retired late on.

Super Formula is a very competitive and exciting championship in Japan, and has welcomed a number of big racing names such as Loic Duval and Andre Lotterer over the past few years.

Kobayashi is unquestionably facing a fight to revive his career after his ill-fated year with Caterham, and this could prove to be the perfect platform to do exactly that.

Red Bull driver Verstappen wins Formula One’s Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position. Both failed to finish.

Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver was third but faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”

Dutch driver Verstappen said “Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing… we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.

The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on Dec.1.

Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.