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Caterham can't afford to pay drivers next season

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Back-of-the-grid team Caterham have admitted they may need to keep two so called 'pay-drivers' in it's team for 2014 as they can not afford to pay someone to drive it's cars.

At the end of 2012, Caterham were forced to drop highly-rated Finn Heikki Kovalainen from it's line-up for 2013 in favour of Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic, who both bring in funds as opposed to getting paid to drive and, despite struggling this season, the team may have to stick to that policy.

Asked if gaining the important 10th place in the constructor's championship was a factor in whether Caterham could afford a non-pay driver next year, team boss Cyril Abiteboul said he didn't know.

"It's too early to tell," Abiteboul told Russia's f1news.ru.

"A lot can happen with the races we have left.

"We are trying to find new sponsors, new people, so it's too early to talk about the impact that our final position in the championship will have on our decision," said the Frenchman.

"Naturally, we have to have the necessary budget for next year. And Formula One is not exactly getting cheaper," Abiteboul insisted.

Indeed with the new engine rules coming into effect next season, Red Bull boss Christian Horner has said the new V6 turbo units will be twice the price of the current V8 engine costs.

Abiteboul also pointed at the return of in-season testing and the possibility of up to 22 races on the 2014 calendar as reasons for the rising cost.

He added: "The aerodynamics regulations are also changing, which may be a good idea but for our team, first and foremost, it means we have to spend more on research.

"In general I think we can assume the difference is approximately (EUR) 15-20 million compared to this season.

"So if we do not get some of the money from the (official) prize fund, it will be even more expensive for us. So it's really too early for us to say anything," he added.

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