Caterham are refusing to guarantee either of its current drivers Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde a seat for 2014.

Two of F1s so called ‘pay drivers’ Pic and Van der Garde were new for 2013 replacing Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov, however in what has been a disappointing year for the team on the track, and with the new regulations coming for 2014, it is believed the experience of Kovalainen could see him back in a Caterham seat next year.

Of the two Pic is the most expected to be retained, he has an extra year’s experience, better backing and appears to be the better driver, he also has a longer contract with Caterham.

Pic’s manager, 1996 Monaco GP winner Olivier Panis, told France Canal Plus: “You are never 100 per cent sure.

“In any case, stability is important for Charles, but we have been approached by other teams.

“I think that decisions will take longer than last year, so it will not be until the end of the season that we know about Charles in F1 nextyear,” the former F1 driver added.

Van der Garde’s manager Jan Paul ten Hoopen,  has also claimed other teams have shown an interest in the Dutchman’s services for 2014.

“We have spoken with four teams who have serious interest in Giedo,” he told De Telegraaf.

Indeed Sauber, Force India, Williams as well as Caterham are said to be considering Van der Garde with ten Hoopen saying “follow-up” meetingswill “definitely” take place.

“I think everyone has seen his development,” ten Hoopen said in Abu Dhabi, “but the musical chairs in F1 is like playing in a casino.”


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