Young Russian racer Sergey Sirotkin will begin his first steps with the Sauber team this week in Switzerland
James Calado may be bumped up from being a test driver to become Force India's reserve driver for the rest of this year. The GP2 driver may end up with a full Formula One ride in 2014.
Swiss team Sauber's new Russian partners will result in Sirotkin being groomed for a 2014.
Abiteboul is backing van der Garde, who will drop five places on the Silverstone grid after his crash with Webber in Canada, and Frenchman Pic.