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Nov 23

Caterham to use 2012 chassis next year – Kovalainen

Caterham hints Pic in team’s plans for future

2012-11-04 - Team Caterham - Abu Dhabi - Heikki Kovalainen 022012-11-04 - Team Caterham - Abu Dhabi - Heikki Kovalainen 01Heikki Kovalainen claims Caterham is planning to use its current chassis as the basis for the 2013 car. Caterham’s new boss Cyril Abiteboul has all but confirmed paddock speculation Charles Pic is set to arrive at the team from Marussia for 2013.

It is expected the salaried Finn will be pushed out of the team for 2013 by ‘pay drivers’ Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde.

Asked by the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat how he expects Caterham to go next season, Kovalainen said: “It’s hard to say.

“But when the team has decided to continue with the same chassis for the new car, it may not be a good sign,” said the 31-year-old, who as Caterham’s lead driver has failed to score a single point since the team’s inception in 2010.

source: GMM

Caterham hints Pic in team’s plans for future

Caterham’s new boss Cyril Abiteboul has all but confirmed paddock speculation Charles Pic is set to arrive at the team from Marussia for 2013.

And he said that would be part of the Tony Fernandes-owned team’s new “three year plan”.

On the issue of Frenchman Pic joining Caterham, France’s f1i.com quoted Abiteboul as saying: “This is a three year plan that we are working on, and there are still many factors that need to come together so that it is a reality.

“But this project seems interesting for everyone,” said the Frenchman.

It appears that highly rated Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen is being pushed out by ‘pay drivers’ due to Caterham potentially losing lucrative Concorde Agreement income to Marussia.

Kovalainen admitted on Thursday that Brazil could be his last grand prix.

It is believed that the main contender for the seat alongside Pic next year is the sponsored Dutch driver Giedo van der Garde.

“There is at least one more seat open,” said Kovalainen in Brazil.  “It is still possible that I will get it.

“From my experience, I only know that when things drag on for this long, it’s never a good sign,” he admitted.

source: GMM



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