Caterham to confirm '13 drivers
APPLICANTS NEED APPLY WITHIN: Caterham has yet to confirm its drivers for the 2013 F1 season.
LONDON, England - Caterham is almost ready to complete its 2013 drivers' line-up, new team boss Cyril Abiteboul has revealed.
Caterham fielded Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov through 2012 but has now announced that Frenchman Charles Pic will drive one of the green cars in 2013.
Finn Kovalainen's hopes of staying in F1 are now pinned on Caterham's plans but sponsored drivers Petrov, Dutchman Giedo van der Garde and Bruno Senna are reportedly all also looking to the Tony Fernandes-founded team.
"There are options," Abiteboul admitted to F1's official website.
Russian Petrov's hopes appeared to get a boost early in December 2012 when a delegation for his sponsor, Russian Helicopters, visited Caterham's factory.
"One option," Abiteboul said, "is someone from whom Pic can learn and use as his benchmark for what we want from both our drivers.
"Another option, more radical, is to accept the fact that 2013 is a transition year that we use to continue building the team before a period of greater stability in 2014, when a lot of other things in the package will change.
"Both types of candidates are out there - we are close to making a decision."