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Giedo van der Garde looks set to step up to a Sauber race seat for 2015.
The Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad, and the specialist Dutch source Formule 1, are citing ‘sources’ close to the Swiss team and van der Garde that report that negotiations between the Sauber reserve driver and team management have been successful.
Jacques Villeneuve has slammed Max Verstappen’s 2015 debut as “the worst thing ever for formula one”.
1997 world champion Villeneuve, who raced in F1 against Dutch youngster Verstappen’s father Jos, thinks Red Bull’s decision to promote a 16-year-old who hasn’t “paid his dues” will render the value of a race seat at the pinnacle of motor sport “meaningless”.
Sauber has singled out its ‘power unit’ as a major cause of its struggles in 2014.
The Swiss outfit and Caterham are the only teams yet to score a single point this year. Chief engineer Giampaolo Dall’Ara on Wednesday acknowleged to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport that the C33 is not the best car Hinwil has ever produced.
The F1 rumour mill is alight with speculation Caterham is taking a new race driver to this weekend’s Belgian grand prix.
After Kamui Kobayashi admitted recently his race seat may not be safe in the wake of the Leafield based team’s sale and subsequent shakeup, the big rumour now is that the Japanese is set to be replaced by 2014 Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer.
New team deputy Manfredi Ravetto has confirmed Caterham will debut a new nose at this weekend’s Belgian grand prix.
After founder Tony Fernandes’ exit and the new management’s ousting of 40 staff, the struggling backmarker team pressed the throttle on a development push in the hope of re-capturing the lucrative tenth in the constructors’ championship.
Kamui Kobayashi has backed the sweeping changes at Caterham, even though it has put his formula one future in doubt.