Having missed out on the oppurtunity to be on the starting grid for the 2013 Formula One season, former Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi has now been signed on by Ferrari.
Quite possibly in part to his connections with the legendary Italian brand during his days as a Sauber driver (the Swiss team has, for some time now, used Ferrari engines in its F1 cars), Kobayashi will be swapping single seater racing for a Ferrari 458 GT2 race car in the 2013 World Endurance Championship.
More specifically, Kobayashi will be racing for AF Corse, the team that not only won its class at the 24 Heures du Mans and the GTE Pro World Cup last year, but is also (rather conveniently) heavily connected to Ferrari and Maserati.
AF Corse was also the team that Giancarlo Fisichella joined on his return to professional racing after he was acquired by Ferrari as an F1 test driver, and has since won the World Endurance Championship Pro Drivers' category for the last two years.
Not that it seems to have deterred Kobayashi much, though – in the official statement, the Japanese racing driver stated it was "an honour to become part of the Ferrari family", and has high hopes about being able to "aim for the title, along with my team-mates".