News round-up: Kobayashi gives up on 2013, Gillan leaves Williams and Force India announce launch date

Kobayashi gives up on 2013

Kamui Kobayashi has admitted he has no chance of securing a seat for the 2013 season.

The Japanese driver was left without a seat after his 2012 team Sauber announced Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez as their driver line up.

Kobayashi was dropped from the Sauber team

Kobayashi was dropped from the Sauber team

Kobayashi set up a website in an attempt to raise funds for a seat in 2013, however despite raising 8 million euros he wrote on his website that the funds were not enough to secure a race seat.

Kobayashi, who finished 12th in the drivers standings with 60 points, will now turn his attention to 2014.

Gillan leaves Williams

Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan is to leave the team to spend more time with his family.

Gillan is credited as one of the main people behind Williams’s 2012 form that saw them win the Spanish Grand Prix.

Before Pastor Maldonado’s win in Barcelona Williams had not won a Grand Prix since 2004.

Williams did not comment on who would be replacing Gillan.

Force India announces launch date

Force India has become the first team to announce the launch date for their 2013 car.

The Silverstone based team, which is yet to announce its drivers, will unveil its new car on 1, February, days before testing begins.

Force India have announced their 2013 launch date

Force India have announced their 2013 launch date

The team is expected to confirm their drivers before the launch with Paul di Resta widely tipped to remain with the team, whilst the team is currently considering a number of options including Adrian Sutil, Sebastian Buemi and Jamie Alguersuari for the second seat.

Testing begins in Jerez from 5, February.

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