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Caterham make staff redundancies but re-hire Kamui Kobayashi // Bad news follows good for the Leafield team

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Caterham make staff redundancies but re-hire Kamui Kobayashi
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The Caterham team are riding a rollercoaster of good and bad news at the moment, after the team revealed they would be racing in Abu Dhabi, despite being put into administration last month. Although celebrating the help fans gave via a crowdfunding solution, the team didn’t mention that they’d also had to make over 200 staff redundant in the build up to the final race of the season.

The administrators say the redundancies were at staff request, to help with formal claims after the team failed to find a buyer. However, they also said there’s a meeting set to take place in Abu Dhabi with an interested party, and that no one has given up yet.

Meanwhile, the team have had to re-hire Kamui Kobayashi for the final race of the year, after hitting their four driver team limit. Reserve driver Roberto Merhi says he has a contract to be in the other car this weekend. Marcus Ericsson confirmed his early departure from Caterham, and André Lotterer turned down their kind offer to let him race again leaving Kamui to take the final seat.