Kamui Kobayashi could be set for a return to the F1 grid in 2014 after reports emerged linking the Japanese racer with a possible move to Caterham.
The Leafield-based team is the only one on the grid still to confirm either of its drivers for the new season, although GP2 racer Marcus Ericsson is hotly tipped to take up one of the race seats for what would be his debut season.
While Giedo van der Garde
remains in talks about staying on for another season, and Charles Pic also being in contention to keep his position, reports have emerged suggesting that Kobayashi could be set for a drive after a year out of the sport.
The Japanese racer lost his drive with Sauber at the end of 2012 and spent the 2013 season competing in sportscars with AF Corse in the World Endurance Championship.
The Finnish publication Turun Sanomat
has reported that Kobayashi has now been spotted at Caterham's factory and could move ahead of van der Garde and Pic in the queue for a race seat.
The 27-year-old, who had one F1 podium to his name, would be able to bring financial backing and would give the team an experienced team-mate for Ericsson if he does indeed take up a race drive.