Kamui Kobayashi admits he is "not happy" with the situation at Caterham after confirming Andre Lotterer turned down another race at the Italian Grand Prix.

Having been dropped by Caterham in favour of Lotterer for the Belgian Grand Prix, Kobayashi returns at Monza but is sitting out FP1 while Formula Renault 3.5 driver Roberto Merhi takes part in a Friday practice session for the first time. However, Kobayashi revealed he wasn't the team's first choice to race but Lotterer turned down a second appearance.

"When I look at the news it looks clear," Kobayashi said. "Roberto is driving practice one and Andre was not happy to not drive in free practice one so that's why they called me.

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Having revealed that it was a late decision for Caterham to call him up on Wednesday - "I was in Tokyo. Last moment..." - Kobayashi says he just has to do what the team asks of him.

"I have a contract ... Of course I'm not happy but this isn't something I can avoid."

And Kobayashi explained that it has been an unsettling time for him, making it hard to concentrate on racing.

"It's not easy. It's not an easy situation. I'm racing here more for the sport, but the last couple of weeks we haven't been worrying about racing or the sport. More political stuff has happened so we've had to talk with lawyers - blah blah blah - it's a lot of things. It's not an easy situation but I think this is what we have right now.

"The team has been in a very difficult situation. This I understand of course - I want to help the team - but the decisions made in Spa that I would not race... Wednesday I was in the factory, I was ready to race in Spa so we did some simulator work and were ready to race but during lunchtime just before leaving for Spa they decided not to race."


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I'd ask for a rebate Kobay.