Two driver changes for you: Charles Pic will make the move from Marussia to Caterham for the 2013 season, in what the team describes as a ‘multi-year’ deal. The young Frenchman has impressed alongside Timo Glock this year, and expressed his delight at his new berth:
“I am very proud to be able to confirm that I am joining Caterham F1 Team next year and I’m looking forward to many seasons of successful racing cooperation” he said, adding “it is clear that the team has great ambitions for the future: the investments already made and the decisions taken in the last few months show how committed the shareholders are to succeed and demonstrates their willingness to keep going forward.”
No word has been made with regards to the fate of Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov, the current Caterham race drivers, but paddock expectation is that the Finn will make way for Pic.
At Sauber the team has kept its promise to announce the 2013 line up this weekend, with Esteban Guttierez joining Nico Hulkenberg in the Swiss team. This represents a completely new line up for a team that has punched well above its weight this season. Guttierez, just 21, continues the Mexican theme from the departing Sergio Perez.
The decision leaves Kamui Kobayashi out in the cold and, with few seats remaining, it may be that his promising F1 career is over. Sauber has also announced that Robin Frijns, the highly-touted Dutchman, will take over as the team’s reserve driver for 2013.
All that remains now is for Caterham to confirm their second seat, Marussia to announce who will partner Timo Glock, Force India to fill the seat alongside Paul di Resta and Williams to announce Valterri Bottas as Bruno Senna’s replacement. Expect Senna to bag one of the aforementioned drives.