Date: 23rd July 2013 at 9:24am
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Kamui Kobayashi has lambasted the current trend of pay drivers in Formula One.

The 26-year-old Japanese driver was speaking at an event in Russia while representing Ferrari.

Kobayashi joined Ferrari at the end of last season after he lost his drive with the Sauber team.

A fund-raising website to help aid Kobayashi in getting a drive for 2013 was set-up and raised millions of pounds in the process, but in the end it wasn’t enough and Kobayashi was forced out of Formula One.

He’s now mainly racing in FIA World Endurance Championship with Ferrari, which included the 2013 Le Mans 24 hour race where his Ferrari team came 5th in the GTE Pro class as well as occasionally working on the Ferrari F1 simulator.

But the Japanese driver fully intends to return to Formula One full-time in the future.

?At the moment, there are many teams who prefer to choose their drivers based on how much money they can bring, rather than on their ability on track: I hope this trend will change, because my aim is to be back there as soon as possible and I am working hard to succeed,? he told the Ferrari website via

?Meanwhile, all I can do is give my all to Ferrari in the GT races and be available to the team for whatever they want me to do, such as events like this, or when they ask me to help with the development of the car by working on the simulator.?