Kobayashi retains Caterham seat for Suzuka

By on Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Kamui Kobayashi will retain his Caterham drive for his home race in Japan this weekend, the team has confirmed.

Kobayashi's future has been unclear following a takeover of the squad earlier in the year, with the Japanese racer missing the Belgian Grand Prix in August.

Kobayashi will nonetheless line-up on the grid at Suzuka this weekend, alongside Marcus Ericsson, with Formula Renault 3.5 frontrunner Roberto Merhi taking part in Friday's opening practice session.

"I’m very excited to be back in front of all my Japanese fans and racing at Suzuka; I’ve been waiting for this race for over a year," he said.

"The Japanese Grand Prix and Suzuka have always been very special for me: it’s where I experienced my first F1 Free Practice sessions back in 2009 and where I also achieved my first ever Formula 1 podium finish in 2012 and, this year, I am able to come back to Suzuka thanks to the support I received from my fans.

"This means a lot to me and I would like to thank them all once again. I only have positive feelings going into this weekend. Unfortunately, this year I have to admit that I won’t be fighting for a podium, but I will do my best to reward my fans with a strong performance in order to thank them for their enormous support – I look forward to meeting them all there."

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