Kobayashi and Ericsson talking to Caterham for 2014

Kamui Kobayashi

Kamui Kobayashi

With Sauber announcing that Esteban Gutierrez will partner Adrian Sutil in the team for 2014, the only race cockpit vacancies on the 2014 grid available are the remaining seat with Marussia (Jules Bianchi has already been confirmed with the Anglo-Russian outfit) and the two berths with Caterham.

Former Toyota and Sauber F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi was spotted at Caterham’s factory this week.

Michael Schmidt, the respected correspondent for Auto Motor und Sport, said that the Japanese driver as well as GP2 Series driver Marcus Ericsson are in the hunt  for the race seats.

“GP2 driver Ericsson has the double [million] figure backing of a Swedish global company,” he said, adding that Kobayashi’s many fans are pledging about $6 million towards his Formula 1 return.

Schmidt also reports that Jaime Alguersuari and Paul di Resta have also been connected with Caterham for 2014.

The full house at Caterham could be bad news for Max Chilton, who was hoping to keep his Marussia seat.

Schmidt said that 2013 Caterham refugees Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic could buy their way into that seat, while Chilton’s backers might be looking to switch their sponsorship focus to football – despite the powerful influence of his father at the insurance giant Aon. (GMM)

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  • SteveIsGreat

    At least Kobay would be exciting but I’d rather see the seat go to a driver with a future in F1… not a past.

  • wise man

    i think kobayashi and ericsson would be a good lineup because a mixture of youth and experience is never bad. van der garde should go to marussia

  • psych4191

    What these teams don’t realize is KK doesn’t just have the 6m. He has the fact that his fans put up the 6m. That takes a LOT of people. Businesses will see that tons of people like him, and they’ll take interest into the team and the driver. KK’s 6m is far more valuable.