Italian Grand Prix: Caterham preview Monza

Kamui Kobayashi returns to the Caterham cockpit for Monza race

Kamui Kobayashi returns to the Caterham cockpit for Monza race

Caterham preview 2014 Italian Grand Prix, Round 13 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Monza.

  • Kamui Kobayashi to race alongside Marcus Ericsson in Italy; Roberto Merhi to drive in FP1
  • Kamui Kobayashi will drive for Caterham F1 Team at the Italian Grand Prix this weekend alongside Marcus Ericsson.
  • Roberto Merhi will take part in his first official Formula 1 session during Friday morning practice at the Italian Grand Prix. The 23-year-old Spaniard will take the wheel of Kobayashi’s CT05.

Kamui Kobayashi, car #10: “I am working for Caterham F1 Team and I always respect team decisions. Now I am back in the car and looking forward to going racing again! We have worked hard as a team and added performance to the car as well as bringing new updates since I last drove in Hungary before the summer break, so I’m looking forward to feeling the updates on track here in Monza. I always enjoy the Italian GP, not only because of its high-speed nature; I also like the Italian fans, they are always very enthusiastic and a very big part of the Italian GP weekend. They create a very special atmosphere.”

Marcus Ericsson, car #9: “I always enjoy racing at such a legendary circuit as Monza, where I scored one of my 13 GP2 podium finishes, but to do it for the first time driving a Formula 1 car is going to be even more special. I can’t wait to get out on track: the long straights and fast corners mean that we are on full-throttle for most of the lap; it’s a fantastic high-speed layout – in fact it’s the circuit with the highest top speed of the season, so maximum power and minimal drag will be key.

“After a solid race in Belgium, we need to build on the progress we made with the car and continue to work in this direction. We aim to fight against our nearest rivals and it will surely be another close battle I am ready for.”

Roberto Merhi: “I am delighted to be taking part in my first ever Formula 1 Free Practice session and I want to thank Caterham F1 Team for this opportunity – it’s something I’ve wanted for a very long time! I’ve been working very closely with the team during the last few weeks and I feel ready for this opportunity; Friday is going to be a very special day for me and one I will never forget. Monza is also one of my favourite tracks – I ended up on the podium there earlier this year during my first race of the season in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship, so it’s a circuit that will bring back very good memories. 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 1 car! I’m definitely going to make the most out of this weekend in Italy.”

Roberto Merhi (born 22 March 1991 in Castellón, Spain) started his single-seater racing career in 2007, competing in the Italian Formula Renault and Formula Renault Eurocup. A year later he was runner-up in the West European Series as well as racing in five rounds of the Spanish Formula 3 championship. In 2009, Merhi stepped-up to the Formula 3 Euro Series, winning the championship in 2011 after 20 top-three finishes, including 11 wins. For the 2012 and 2013 season the Spaniard raced in the DTM, scoring points in his second year and achieving a podium finish in the final race of the season. He currently races in Formula Renault 3.5 Series and is second in the standings, challenging for the title.