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Merhi in DTM last season.
Roberto Merhi is set to be Caterham's fourth driver of the 2014 season, taking the seat formerly owned by Kamui Kobayashi. It was occupied by Andre Lotterer in Belgium.
Reports in Spanish newspaper Marca (h/t inautonews) claim all the financial details are ironed out and Merhi will race for the team at Monza if he is awarded an FIA Super Licence.
The 23-year-old does not qualify under the normal criteria, but it's likely he will be awarded the licence nonetheless.
The report quotes Merhi as saying:
It’s not 100 per cent sure that I’ll race at Monza, but the chances are good depending on getting the super license on time.
I’m focused on getting the (Renault) world series title but if I can be in F1 it would be a nice prize, although it’s not a priority for this season.
Merhi will of course be paying for the seat, but he has a reasonable racing record which includes the 2011 Formula Three Euroseries title.
He left single-seaters in 2012 for the DTM series, where he was a part of the Mercedes Junior Team. Merhi had little success in his two seasons of touring cars, scoring points on only four occasions. His best result was a second place in his final DTM race.
The Spaniard returned to single-seaters for 2014, and currently lies second in the Formula Renault 3.5 series, behind runaway leader Carlos Sainz Junior.
A Mercedes logo remains on his helmet—whether it will still be there when he drives the Renault-powered, back-marking Caterham remains to be seen.