Caterham close to finalising 2013 F1 driver lineup

Cyril Abiteboul Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Friday 2nd November 2012. World Copyright:Charles Coates/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image _N7T8217Dec.18 (GMM) Caterham is almost ready to complete its 2013 Formula One driver lineup, newly appointed  team boss Cyril Abiteboul has revealed.

Having fielded Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov this year, Caterham has already announced that Frenchman Charles Pic will drive one of the green cars next season.

Finn Kovalainen’s hopes of staying in F1 are now pinned on Caterham’s plans, but the sponsored drivers Petrov, Dutchman Giedo van der Garde and Bruno Senna are reportedly all also looking to the Tony Fernandes-founded team.

“There are different options,” Abiteboul admitted to F1’s official website.

Russian Petrov’s hopes appeared to get a boost last week, when a delegation from his sponsor, Russian Helicopters visited Caterham’s factory.

“One option,” Abiteboul said, “is someone who [Pic] can learn from and who he can use as his benchmark for what we want from both our drivers.

“Another option, more radical, is to accept the fact that 2013 is a transition year that we use to continue building the team before a period of greater stability in 2014, when a lot of other things in the package will change,” he added.

“Both types of candidates are out there, and we are close to making a decision.”

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  • stenu

    If the car is no faster next year, the driver choice won’t matter much, and they are better off taking on two pay drivers.

  • johannes D.


  • Petrol Head

    Either Heikki or Bruno