Kobayashi has been linked to Sauber

With more pieces of the 2010 driver jigsaw being assembled with each passing day, just a few vacancies remain on the 2010 grid with a hell of a lot of drivers available to fill them.

The Finnish media (of all places!) is suggesting that former Toyota stand-in Kamui Kobayashi – who subbed impressively for the injured Timo Glock at Brazil and Abu Dhabi – may have signed with the Sauber team.

Kobayashi looked certain to be offered a driving seat with the Japanese team for next year, only to have the rug pulled out from under him when the car giant announced it was ceasing its F1 involvement.

The Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat reports that the 2008-9 GP2 Asia champion has already signed with the Swiss squad, with an announcement only to be released once the other driver seat has been confirmed.

On the basis of his drives in the final two races of the season, Kobayashi is an exciting and combative driver who would be a great addition to the F1 grid, and is the hottest Japanese prospect given the declining stock of his compatriots, Kazuki Nakajima and Takuma Sato.

But you could say that about a wealth of other drivers who are currently without an F1 race seat.

The simple question is, is there room anywhere for him to drive?

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.