Roberto Merhi will again drive in FP1 for Caterham at the Russian Grand Prix as the team retains Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson for the race.

Having driven in FP1 in both Italy and Japan, Merhi will make his third appearance for the team on Friday at Sochi. However, Kobayashi retains his race seat, with team principal Manfredi Ravetto hoping he will be able to show his class on a new circuit. Ravetto also had words of praise for Ericsson, who he says has delivered "exceptional" performances lately.

"We head to Russia after a very positive last three races, where we have made progress out on track, finishing ahead of our main rivals," Ravetto said. "The introduction of our latest package of updates, including the new front wing, has also performed better than our initial data suggested, so we are satisfied with this.

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"I'd like to thank every single member of the team for their efforts in Japan - the team is working harder than ever and the results are showing out on track. We now have to continue like this and build on the positives of the last three race weekends.

"Kamui didn't have the best of luck at his home race, but at a new circuit like Sochi, where all drivers start the weekend on a level playing field as it's a new track, he could definitely make the difference. On the other hand, Marcus has had an exceptional second half of the season so far, upping up his game and his pace, and we look forward to see what he's capable of at this new Russian circuit that looks like it will suit him well."