Kamui Kobayashi will return to his roots with Toyota in 2015, with the Japanese carmaker announcing that the 28-year-old will pilot one of its entries in Japan’s top open-wheel series, the Super Formula Championship.
After being dropped by the Sauber team at the end of the 2012 season, the Japanese driver spent a year GT racing for Ferrari before making a comeback to F1 with the Caterham F1 Team.
The outfit was well short of competitiveness and funding, and a pair of thirteenth-placed finishes were his best results before he was dropped in favour of André Lotterer for the Belgian Grand Prix. He was back next time out at Italy, but missed two further races before the end of the season when the team was placed into administration. In the eyes of many objective observers, Kobayashi was very hard done by.
With there being no further F1 drives up for grabs, Kobayashi will return home and partner Ryo Hirakawa in the KYGNUS SUNOCO Team LeMans Super Formula line-up.
Also joining him are fellow Toyota pilots Lotterer, 2014 series champion Kazuki Nakajima, James Rossiter, Yuichi Nakayama, João Paulo de Oliveira, Andrea Caldarelli, Hiroaki Ishiura, and Yuji Kunimoto.
“I’m certain he will show race fans great things on the track,” a confident Toyota spokesperson declared.
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