Gutierrez and Sainz feature in silly season latest

Rally legend Carlos Sainz with son Carlos Sainz Junior

Rally legend Carlos Sainz with son Carlos Sainz Junior

With the silly season ramping up, the latest speculation in the Formula 1 paddock is that Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez, who had another bad weekend at Silverstone, incurring a penalty for his crash with Pastor Maldonado is on his way out.

“If he keeps this up,” the Swiss newspaper Zurcher Oberlander warns, “he risks losing the cockpit to [Giedo] van der Garde.”

There are also plenty of reports hovering around Caterham, in the wake of Tony Fernandes’ exit and the arrival of mysterious new owners fronted by consultant Colin Kolles.

Kolles is known for considering pay drivers as a crucial revenue stream, and already since his arrival, several youngsters’ names have been associated with Caterham and its next era.

One of them is Carlos Sainz Jr. The Spanish teenager is the latest to rise from Red Bull’s driver development programme, and at Silverstone he was spotted at a table with his father – rally legend Carlos Sainz – and Helmut Marko. Sports daily Marca reports that Sainz also met with Kolles at the British Grand Prix.

Red Bull and Caterham are already closely linked, as the British team uses a Red Bull gearbox. Marko and Kolles are also close, having worked together in 2011 when a deal for HRT to give Daniel Ricciardo his Formula 1 race debut was successfully brokered.  (GMM)