Pic follows Van der Garde out the Caterham door

Charles Pic

Charles Pic

French driver Charles Pic will not be racing for Caterham this season, the Formula 1 team’s principal Cyril Abiteboul has revealed.

“Charles, unfortunately, will not be with us next season,” he told France’s Infosport+ television. “It’s a pity [that] the adventure between Caterham and Charles is ending.”

Earlier we reported it also appeared that Giedo van der Garde’s time at Caterham is up with Caterahm as the logos of the Dutchman’s main backer McGregor have been removed from the team’s official sponsor page.

Caterham, the only team yet to confirm their drivers for the season starting in Australia in March, is expected to announce its lineup on Tuesday.

Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi, who left Sauber at the end of 2012 after finishing third in his home grand prix at Suzuka, has been tipped to join the team owned by AirAsia airline boss Tony Fernandes.

Pic, 23, made his F1 debut with Marussia in 2012 before moving to Caterham last year. The team ended up last overall, behind Marussia, with no points to its name.

His departure will leave France with three drivers – Romain Grosjean at Lotus, Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso and Jules Bianchi at Marussia. (Reuters)

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