Neither Caterham driver secure for 2014

Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic, both heavily sponsored, were new to the team this season.

Nov.5 (GMM) Neither of Caterham's current race drivers have been confirmed for the 2014 season.

Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic, both heavily sponsored, were new to the team this season, but Caterham has struggled at times and so the experienced Heikki Kovalainen is back on the radar for a possible 2014 return.

Widely regarded as the most secure of the pair is Frenchman Pic, who has the solid backing of the Lagardere Group and, it is believed, a longer contract.

But Pic's manager Olivier Panis admitted to French television Canal Plus that: "You are never 100 per cent sure.

(L to R): Charles Pic, Caterham with team mate Giedo van der Garde, Caterham F1 Team
(L to R): Charles Pic, Caterham with team mate Giedo van der Garde, Caterham F1 Team

Photo by: XPB Images

"In any case, stability is important for Charles, but we have been approached by other teams.

"I think that decisions will take longer than last year, so it will not be until the end of the season that we know about Charles in F1 next year," the former Formula One driver added.

Caterham's other race driver this year is Dutchman van der Garde.

His manager Jan Paul ten Hoopen told De Telegraaf newspaper: "We have spoken with four teams who have serious interest in Giedo."

It is believed those teams are Caterham, Williams, Force India and Sauber, and ten Hoopen said "follow-up appointments" will "definitely" take place.

"I think everyone has seen his development," ten Hoopen said in Abu Dhabi, "but the musical chairs in F1 is like playing in a casino."

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Series FORMULA 1
Drivers Olivier Panis , Heikki Kovalainen , Giedo van der Garde , Charles Pic
Teams Sauber , Force India , Williams , Caterham F1
Article type Breaking news
Tags caterham, charles pic, kovalainen, panis, paul ten hoopen, van der garde