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From the Land of the Rising Sun

Maranello, 11 March - Kamui Kobayashi is joining the ranks of Scuderia Ferrari, which makes him the first Asian driver to play his part in the history of the Prancing Horse. The Japanese driver will take part in GT races, competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) thus strengthening the team of drivers on the Ferrari books. His first event will be the Silverstone 6 Hours on 14 April. Kamui was born in 1986 in Amagasaki and made his Formula 1 debut on 18 October 2009 for Toyota, in his home race, in Japan. Driving for Toyota and Sauber, Kobayashi took part in 60 Grands Prix. He scored a total of 125 points and his best result was a podium finish in the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix.

“I am pleased to be able to announce today my new role,” said Kobayashi. “It’s an honour for me to become part of the Ferrari family. It will be the first time that I compete in endurance races in a championship featuring GT cars. I can’t wait to start working with AF Corse and I really hope I can aim for the title, along with my team-mates. I will work hard and give my all in this new chapter in my career, knowing I can count on the support of all my fans. I would like to thank Ferrari for this opportunity and, finally, would like to dedicate this season’s new adventure to everyone in Japan, who on this very day, commemorate the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit our country.”

Related contents: GT Championships, FIA World Endurance Championship
  • letoslav

    wow great to get kobra to ferrari!

  • Jikko

    GREAT NEWS!!! Congratulations KAMUI!!!!! YEAH!!!

  • Reborgne

    Congratulations Kamui!! 

  • Sakakin

    Great news!

  • Rabbitstar3525

    ittare! kamashitare Kamui!

  • Psytranceparty

    Seems to be a dream ‼‼

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000177849537 鈴木公一

    Brilliant!!

  • Lucia Zhu

    Stefano, thank you. You made a brilliant decision! Love you

  • http://twitter.com/lejimster James Baker

    I hope this is a stepping stone back to F1 where he belongs.

  • 秋山 茂昭

    The highest decision.  Kamui and Ferrari are wonderful.

  • Katsuyama

    forza kamui

  • http://www.facebook.com/hiroyuki.tanigawa.31 Hiroyuki Tanigawa

    Thanks, Stefano and Luca!! Now the news brought me to think about when Kamui tests the F138, or there will be no chance to do it??

  • Ddd

    I believe that KOBAYASHI will someday return to the stage of F1. I love FERRARI.

  • Musical Cake

    Yay cheers ferrari glad you could see the potential in him. Better than Perez!

  • James Myers

    Nice Kamui. So happy for you. Met you in Austin and was very unhappy to see you not in F1 in 2013. Will be looking to add the endurance races to my watch list and keep track of you. Good to see you at Ferrari. Grazie alla Scuderia.