Kamui Kobayashi admits he has been warned by Caterham that he may not last the season with the team.
While Kobayashi was selected by previous team owner Tony Fernandes, Caterham has since been taken over by a group of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors advised by Colin Kolles. With a new team principal in the shape of Christijan Albers, the hierarchy at the team has changed and that has led to speculation over the drivers' futures.
Speaking exclusively to Crash.net
, when asked if his seat was guaranteed until the end of the season, Kobayashi replied: “No, there's no guarantee for sure.
“I don't know, I think even the team owner doesn't know the situation. But I need to believe. I'm not like the employees in the company, actually, I'm more independent. So if I'm doing good then maybe I have to believe I'll have the opportunities to race, if I'm not good then maybe I'll have to leave. I don't know.
“I'm not worried. I just need to focus on my job to give me the opportunity to race more.”
Asked if Caterham has warned him he may lose his seat at some stage this year, Kobayashi replied: “Of course. They don't know, but they're still thinking.”
And Kobayashi said he is treating every race like it could be his last with the team, but insisted that wouldn't lead to any added pressure to perform as he still feels he is the best driver for the seat.
“It's the same for me, the same feeling. If I feel pressure there's nothing to gain. I just feel that this is life. As I've not been here for a long time it could happen. I know when the new owners invest some money they are going to have some performance, and I don't think a rookie driver could deliver something good.”