2 December 2013
Pic seeks quick resolution on 2014
Charles Pic hopes that he can sort a deal for next season so that he can enjoy Christmas.
Charles Pic has confirmed that he is hoping to tie up his future as soon as possible, but admitted that he does not yet have an agreement to remain with Caterham.
The Frenchman was thought to have inked a multi-year deal with the Leafield team when he switched camps from Marussia last winter, but paddock speculation to the contrary has been borne out by Pic's admission in an end-of-season review that he is still in talks about 2014.
“Ideally, I'd like to reach an agreement regarding my future before the end of the year, and I'll then celebrate Christmas with my family,” the second year driver commented, “The news that [Caterham] boss, Tony Fernandes, has been awarded the Légion d'Honneur for his outstanding contribution to the French aviation industry will strengthen his relationship with France – and, hopefully, ours can continue to flourish in 2014 as well. [Until then], I will be sure to stay in shape and train hard ahead of the 2014 season.”
Along with Giedo van der Garde, Pic produced generally better results than their rivals at Marussia, but Caterham's slow start to 2013 allowed its rival to steal away the 13th place in Malaysia that ultimately made the difference between tenth and eleventh in the constructors' standings.
“Of course, it was a shame to finish eleventh in the constructors' championship, but you need to bear in mind that we were the only team that did not develop a fully new car for 2013,” he pointed out, “We struggled during the first three races and then recovered well when the new upgrades were introduced in Bahrain. This enabled us to seize the initiative over Marussia, [and] the team then did a great job to keep up the development so that we retained this advantage for the majority of the season.
“Ultimately, we came frustratingly close to tenth spot, but Marussia made the most of an action-packed Malaysian Grand Prix, where they clinched a crucial 13th place finish to our P14. This would prove to be the only high-attrition race all year, so we weren't able to better their result.
“On a personal note, I am quite happy with my overall performance, though I wish we hadn't had to play catch-up with Marussia right from the start. We recovered well and quickly got the better of them, but suffered from this slow getaway all year long.”
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