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Kamui Kobayashi upset at Caterham treatment in Spa - The Japanese driver is set to sit out another session at Monza

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Kamui Kobayashi upset at Caterham treatment in Spa
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Heading into the German Grand Prix weekend, it seems like the driver swapping of Spa isn’t going to be repeated. The effects linger, however, as Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi airs his thoughts of being left on the sidelines for the Belgian race. “It’s not an easy situation, I’m here for the sport of racing but looking at the last couple of weeks, I think it’s more political stuff happening than sport.”

Kobayashi is reported to be sitting out Free Practice One in Monza this weekend, as Roberto Merhi steps in. Merhi is currently racing in Formula Renault 3.5 and is chasing after a superlicence, and of course an F1 seat as well.

Merhi states that he hasn’t had any financial backing for this drive but that the team called him up and asked him to drive. Meanwhile, Kobayashi continues: “We’ve had talks with lawyers and this is what we have right now. I’m a Caterham driver, if they say simulator, I do the simulator. If they say stay at home, I stay at home, if they say race, I race. Of course I’m not happy but this I cannot avoid.”