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Caterham looking for early decision on 2014 driver line-up

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Caterham are aiming to make an early decision on its two drivers for the 2014 season amid speculation Giedo van der Garde could be ousted from the team.

The Dutchman has not been on quite the same level as team-mate Charles Pic throughout this year - indeed many believed the man he replaced, Heikki Kovalainen, would be drafted back in to help the team that has struggled so far this season.

Asked about when the decision over the 2014 drivers will be made, team boss Cyril Abiteboul admitted: "We would like to decide earlier than we did this year.

"In a way, that it took so long (for 2013) did hurt us. And next year the understanding between team and driver will be so important with the new power unit.

"So we want to make sure we make the decision as early as possible so that we can learn everything that can be learned before the first test.

"We would like it to be set in September or October," Abiteboul added.

With his future uncertain Van der Garde told De Telegraaf: "Important progression for any rookie is difficult at first, and now I've experienced it first-hand this season.

"But I'm sure that the trend for the last races will be upwards.

"It is still too early to talk about next year and all the rumours," van der Garde insisted.

This news comes after the Dutchman also claimed Caterham has stopped development on its 2013 car, instead moving all attention over to the 2014 project.

"We're definitely not going to bring any updates any more because the focus is just for next year," he told ESPN.

"I think the gap to the next cars is just a bit too big. At some tracks we will probably be closer but it's going to be very tough to close that in this year and next year."

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