Driver Market / F1 2014

Caterham choose Kobayashi and Ericsson

Caterham, the last Formula One team to announce their driver line-up ahead of the 2014 season, have announced their vacant slots will be filled by former F1 star Kamui Kobayashi and newcomer Marcus Ericsson.

The move ends the short-lived F1 careers of Giedo Van Der Garde and Charles Pic, who are both without a seat.

Kobayashi, 27, made his F1 debut at Toyota at the end of the 2009 season as a stand-in for the injured Timo Glock before moving to Sauber in 2010. At his home event in 2012 he secured his first ever podium finish with 3rd place at Suzuka but was dropped by the team and forced to sit out 2013 on the sidelines. A concerted sponsorship effort among the general public in Japan is understood to make up the bulk of his financial backing.

Marcus Ericsson, 23, is Sweden’s first F1 driver since Stefan Johansson quit the sport at the end of 1991 and was 6th overall in last year’s GP2 Championship racing for the DAMS team. His early career was masterminded by the great Kenny Brack, himself a Swede and a former Indy 500 winner.

Van Der Garde used the opportunity to announce on Twitter that he had signed for Sauber as their third driver for the 2014 season.

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