Chilton expected to complete Caterham's Abu Dhabi lineup

A number of drivers have been mentioned as Caterham searches for a second driver, replacing an outgoing Ericsson.

Nov.17 (GMM) Max Chilton has emerged as a surprise candidate to race the second Caterham in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

The Brit has driven all season for Marussia, who like Caterham went into administration last month and sat out the Austin and Brazil Grands Prix.

Bernie Ecclestone says the backmarker teams must return for the Abu Dhabi season finale this weekend or lose their places in Formula One, although some reports suggest the teams can in fact miss three races and still return in 2015.

Caterham's administrators have raised the funds they need to get the team back up and running in Abu Dhabi, while Marussia has ceased trading and laid off staff.

Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport now reports that the identity of the second Abu Dhabi driver is in fact Chilton.

Marussia ... Still a chance?

However, reports last weekend suggested that although Marussia has ceased trading, it is still possible the team can be revived by new investment.

A group called Summit Bespoke has been commissioned to work on the Marussia project, with a spokesman saying: "The team is fully open for investment negotiations and are ready to race in Abu Dhabi provided we find investors for a relatively small injection of funds."

But, unlike Caterham, it appears Marussia has in fact missed the weekend deadline to ship its freight to Abu Dhabi.

That leaves Chilton, the well-backed 23-year-old, eyeing the race seat at Caterham vacated last week by the Sauber-bound Marcus Ericsson.

Caterham said late on Sunday that Kamui Kobayashi will drive one car in Abu Dhabi, with his teammate to be announced 'in due course.'

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Series Formula 1
Event Abu Dhabi GP
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Drivers Kamui Kobayashi , Max Chilton , Bernie Ecclestone , Marcus Ericsson
Teams Sauber
Article type Breaking news
Tags caterham f1 team, marussia f1 team