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Kobayashi creates charity app for quake-hit Japan 12 May 2011

The 'You Are Connected' application. © Sauber A sample page from the 'You Are Connected' application. © Sauber The 'You Are Connected' application. © Sauber

Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi has devised a charity phone application to raise funds for Japan following March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. Kobayashi’s ‘You are Connected’ app features contributions from every driver and team principal.

“Although the disaster attracted huge international attention in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, other news has dominated the headlines since then,” he explained.

“However, the destruction in the country is so serious that it will take many years to recover from the losses and damage. So the people in Japan need long-term support. I’d like to thank all my colleagues in Formula One for their contributions and hope that our e-book sells as well as possible.”

The project features photos of all the drivers and team principals accompanied by handwritten and - in some cases - very personal messages for those affected by the disaster. It is available to buy through iTunes for €0.79. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross in Japan.

To download the ‘You are Connected’ application’, click here. For more information about the project click here.