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2014-01-20 07:49

RACING AGAIN: Kamui Kobayashi (above) returns to F1 in a Caterham seat in 2014, along with rookie Marcus Ericsson. Image: AFP


Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi smashed a 2009 Ferrari F60 into barriers during a Moscow City Racing event. Watch the video.

LONDON, England - A returning Kamui Kobayashi looks set to join rookie Marcus Ericsson in 2014 for a second consecutive all-new driver line-up at Caterham.

It was recently reported that Kobayashi had lost his previous Sauber seat and raced a Ferrari sports car in 2013, he had moved into prime contention to return to Formula 1 with Caterham in 2014.


Italy's Autosprint reported that 27-year-old Kobayashi's deal was now effectively done. Caterham is the last team in the 2014 pits lane to announce its driver line-up, having competed 2013 with the then all-new pairing of Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic.

Each was regarded as 'pay drivers' but the team admitted it missed the input of a more seasoned racer, even though Heikki Kovalainen has missed out on his 2014 return.

That is because Caterham, set to bank the comeback millions loyally pledged by Kobayashi's fans, looks to be turning to a rookie to fill the second race seat in 2014.


Autosprint correspondent Roberto Chinchero reported that 23-year-old Swede Marcus Ericsson, a GP2 driver for the past four years with mixed success, appeared "increasingly likely" to make his F1 debut for Caterham in 2014.

Chinchero said Ericsson's "financial support played a crucial role in the negotiations" with the Tony Fernandes-led back-marker.

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