After a disastrous return to Formula One in 2014, where Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi left behind a paid factory Ferrari GT drive to join Caterham, only to see the team disintegrate whilst he was forced to watch from the sidelines after his seat went to the highest bidder for a portion of the season.
Kobayashi has previously stated his intention to remain in F1, although this latest news seems a sensible move from the Japan racer, as he looks to resurrect his career once again after this year. Kobayashi will be taking part in the Super Formula rookie test at the Okayama circuit which takes place this Wednesday and Thursday. Kobayashi will pilot the Dallara SF14 racer with Toyota power, with Kobayashi hoping to impress.
It appears Kobayashi wants to remain racing single seaters, although he hasn't categorically stated this, which leaves the only realistic option being Indycar or Super Formula. Of these two Super Formula would make the most sense as it's the premier single seater championship in his native Japan. It would be a lot easier to find a drive and gain sponsorship for him in his home country, whilst the series is currently undergoing a resurgence with a new Dallara race car and an improving grid in terms of international appeal and quality.
Were Kobayashi to join the series next year, he would only be adding to the quality as he would be potentially racing with the likes of ex-F1 drivers Kazuki Nakajima, Narain Karthikeyan and Tonio Luizzi. He would also be racing against the best of young Japanese talent alongside international sports car drivers Andre Lotterer and Loic Duval also. The current quality of the grid would surely something that would appeal to Kobayashi as he comes to a decision regarding his plans for next year.
What are your thoughts on this potential move for Kamui Kobayashi? A good or bad move and why?