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Caterham downplays F1 driver reports

Caterham plays down talk that it has agreed terms with both Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson for the 2014 F1 season
Caterham has refused to be drawn on who it will field for the 2014 F1 season amidst further reports suggesting an all-new line-up for the Leafield-based team for the year ahead.

Following Marussia's announcement that it has re-signed Max Chilton for a second season, Caterham is now the only team still to name its driver pairing with doubts existing over whether either of Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic will be kept on.

A number of drivers have been mentioned as possible options, with the Italian publication Autosprint reporting that a deal has been struck that will see Kamui Kobayashi leading the team into the new campaign.

The Japanese racer has been linked to a drive for some time as he seeks to make a return to the grid for 2014 having been forced to sit out 2013 after losing his Sauber drive.

The same publication also suggests that Swede Marcus Ericsson is the man who will partner Kobayashi having secured the 'financial support' required to take the second drive. The GP2 racer is another man who has long been mooted as an option for the year ahead.

Despite the report, Caterham has so far remained silent on the identity of its line-up, refusing to comment on speculation that either Kobayashi, Ericsson or anyone else for that matter, has put pen to paper on a deal.

Caterham is due to launch its 2014 car at Jerez ahead of the first official test of the winter.




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Taipan

January 20, 2014 10:05 PM

They might be taking their time to confirm who is driving for them but they have announced that Pic has left the team and McGregor who were VDG's backer has been removed from the team's sponsor page so he looks like being shown the door also.



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