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Roberto Merhi Makes His F1 Debut With Caterham

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Roberto Merhi was not yet confirmed as a Caterham F1 driver but he took part in the Monza free practice session and got faster lap times than his teammate Marcus Ericsson. Merhi is currently second second to Red Bull protege Carlos Sainz Jr in the FR3.5 standings with three rounds remaining. He is a Spanish driver of Lebanese origins.

Spain’s Roberto Merhi will make his Formula One debut with Caterham in first practice at Monza on Friday, while Kamui Kobayashi will return to race duty, the team have confirmed. Merhi will take Kobayashi’s place for FP1, which will be the 23-year-old’s first run in F1 machinery. “I am delighted to be taking part in my first ever Formula One free practice session and I want to thank Caterham F1 Team for this opportunity – it’s something I’ve wanted for a very long time,” Merhi said. [Link]

Roberto Merhi Could Race With Caterham F1 At Monza

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It’s not confirmed yet but Caterham F1 team has shown interest in Formula Renault 3.5 Series driver Roberto Merhi. I was told that Merhi is of Lebanese origins but I can’t confirm that. If it turns out to be true, we will have two drivers of Lebanese origin in F1, Felipe Nasr and Roberto Merhi.

Formula Renault 3.5 title contenders Carlos Sainz Jr. and Roberto Merhi could make their Formula 1 debuts later this season for the Caterham team. Caterham’s new owners are evaluating their driver options for the remainder of the campaign, having slotted in Andre Lotterer at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.

No decision has yet been taken about the plans for who lines up alongside Marcus Ericsson in the remaining races, but AUTOSPORT understands that both Merhi and Sainz are being seriously considered. Merhi has been with the Caterham team at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, and told Spain’s Movistar TV that he has already been in the simulator.

“They invited me to visit the factory and try the simulator, which was great,” he said.

“And then they invited me to the circuit. There’s nothing else really. I know there may be a chance one day but right now we don’t know.

“We haven’t spoken about the possibility to race. It could happen one day but we haven’t discussed that.” [Link]

90% Of Cars Purchased In 2014 In Lebanon Cost Less Than $11,000

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Based on this report, 22004 cars were sold in the first 7 months of 2014. 43% are Korean cars, followed by Japanese (33%), European (28%), American (5%) and Chinese (1.5%). We definitely need less cars in this country, but the number is on the rise (by a considerable 7.2%) mainly due to the lack of decent public transportation.

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The 37th Rally Of Lebanon Kicks Off Tonight!

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The 37th Rally of Lebanon kicks off tonight with the Total Super Stage at the Beirut Water Front starting 6:30 pm. It would be nice to see someone other than Roger Feghali win the rally this year. You can check out the full program [Here].

Make sure to follow me on Instagram as I will be posting pictures and videos from tonight’s super stage.