The Japanese driver moves to Ferrari for the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Mar.12 (GMM) Kamui Kobayashi, who has lost his race seat at Sauber, will continue his career in Le Mans-style GT sports car racing in 2013.
Last month, the popular Japanese tested for the closely Ferrari-linked AF Corse sports car team.
He has now inked a deal to contest this year's World Endurance Championship at the wheel of a Ferrari 458.
"It's an honour for me to become part of the Ferrari family," said Kobayashi.