Pérez certain Kobayashi will be back in F1

Wednesday 09th January 2013, 17:05 by Ryan Wood 

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Kamui Kobayashi will be back in Formula 1 next year, insists former team-mate Sergio Pérez.

The Japanese driver failed to secure a seat for the 2013 season despite raising almost £7 million in funds, with Sauber opting to hire Nico Hülkenberg and Esteban Gutiérrez.

With just two open seats remaining - one at Force India and another at Caterham - Kobayashi confirmed he wasn't in the running for either and would therefore not compete this season.

Pérez admitted he was sympathetic for Kobayashi, whom he described as a "great driver", and is sure he'll be back in Formula 1 in 2014.

"Kamui is a great driver, a great guy, and somebody than can do a great job," he told reporters including The F1 Times. 

"So think in a way I feel sorry for him, but I'm sure he'll be back next year.

"I am sure with his speed he can find a good seat and hopefully we can have him back."

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