Date: 21st August 2014 at 8:59am
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Caterham have announced that Kamui Kobayashi will not drive in Belgium this weekend and will be replaced by Andre Lotterer.

The team, who have recently changed owners, insist that Japanese driver Kobayashi is still part of the team, but would not confirm when he would return to the car.

The decision, according to the official statement released by Caterham was made partly down to the changeable conditions at Spa something that Andre Lotterer as a three-time Le Mans winner with Audi is more used to.

However the team also highlighted Lotterer’s experience at giving the team feedback in a bid to improve the car.

‘AndrĂ© Lotterer will drive for Caterham F1 Team at the Belgian Grand Prix. The team will benefit from having another experienced driver at the wheel of the car throughout the weekend and the German’s feedback will contribute to improve the performance of the car. The weather also plays a big role at Spa-Francorchamps and Lotterer is one of the most experienced drivers racing under mixed conditions.’ the Caterham statement said.

Lotterer does hold some Formula One experience, but not much.

The 32-year-old had a spell as Jaguar’s test driver in 2002, but over the past 12 years the German driver has raced in Japan’s Super Formula [Formally known as Formula Nippon], CART [1race] and A1 Grand Prix [2 races], alongside driving for Audi at Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship.

In Japan Lotterer has won 19 races, whilst taking the championship in 2011.

For Audi he won the Le Mans 24 hour race three-times [2011, 2012, 2014] and he won the World Endurance Championship in 2012.

This season he is currently second in both the Super Formula and World Endurance Championships.

Lotterer said: ‘I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take part in a Formula One race weekend – I want to thank Caterham F1 Team for this chance. I’m ready for this challenge and I cannot wait to jump in the car and make the most out of the weekend ahead. I will need to get settled and used to the car quickly, as the team has worked on a number of updates and we will need to have as much time as possible out on track to optimise the car’s performance. I really enjoy racing at the legendary circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, it’s one of my favourite tracks and it’s very close to where I grew up, so this makes the weekend even more special and one to remember.’