Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon believes the team is benefiting from the uncertainty over Kamui Kobayashi's future at Caterham.

Kobayashi was dropped by Caterham for the Belgian Grand Prix, with Andre Lotterer replacing him at Spa. Roberto Merhi was limited to an FP1 role at Monza and Caterham again wanted to run Lotterer but the German turned down the seat, leaving Kobayashi to be recalled on the Wednesday before the race.

While Lowdon was understanding over the driver situation at Caterham he told that Kobayashi is a driver he admires.

"To be honest that's their team business to sort out, but Kamui has always been a class act hasn't he?" Lowdon said. "He's an exciting driver and a really nice guy, so I'm sure they will sort out their driver line-up for whatever is best for their team."

With Marussia retaining ninth place in the constructors' championship following the Italian Grand Prix, Lowdon also admitted the team is quietly ticking off the races as the end of the season draws closer.

"You take each race one at a time, they're all very different and you try to do the best you can obviously in each race. I tend to find the only time we think about that is after the chequered flag has fallen, you think 'OK, there's another one down'.

"You certainly don't think about that in the build-up to a race weekend at all. You don't wish the time away or anything, you're just trying to work out the best strategy and giving the drivers the best chance they can. You hope that the team performs as best it can and everything and then afterwards you sit on a plane on the way back and think 'there's another one down'.

"But as we've spoken a few times before there's only one that counts and that's Abu Dhabi!"



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