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Kamui Kobayashi will return to Caterham for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix after his replacement Andre Lotterer reportedly refused to drive at Monza.
Kobayashi was dropped in favour of the endurance racer at the preceding Belgian GP as the restructured team continues to struggle financially.
"I am working for Caterham and I always respect team decisions,” Kobayashi said. “Now I am back in the car and looking forward to going racing again!”
Lotterer, a three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner, was offered to continue at the Italian GP but the German opted out as Caterham had planned to replace him in the first practice session with Roberto Mehri.
"Lotterer was believed to be reluctant to race unless he could participate in all the sessions,” reports Autosport.
Spaniard Mehri, who raced in DTM last year and is currently a title contender in the Formula Renault 3.5 series, will make his Grand Prix debut in first practice, and will replace Kobayashi for the session.
"What a year it’s been so far: last Christmas I didn’t really know if I was going to carry on racing and now I’m about to drive a Formula One car!” Mehri said. “I’m definitely going to make the most out of this weekend in Italy.”