Engine partner Renault
was also happy to see French talent being added to the line-up, the second half of which remains clouded by the uncertainty surrounding current pilots Heikki Kovalainen
and Vitaly Petrov, both of whom could lose out to well-funded reserve Giedo van der Garde for 2013.
“We are always motivated to see promising drivers in our partner teams and Charles is no exception," Renault
Sport MD Jean-François Caubet added, "Additionally, France remains the largest Renault
market and having another young, dynamic French driver join the Renault
'stable' will give us further branding, marketing and PR opportunities, both for our F1 involvement and road car range in France and the rest of Europe. We look forward to working with him closely over the coming years.”
Pic will contest his last grand prix for Marussia in Brazil this weekend. He is widely expected to be replaced by Britain's Max Chilton, who has tested with the Banbury-based team on several occasions in the past year.