Kamui Kobayashi has emerged as a front runner for a drive with Caterham this season as the team look for a combination of both youth and experience.
The former Toyota and Sauber man was forced to take a year away from F1 but Ferrari threw him a lifeline as he drove in their GT programme for 2013.
Kobayahi was shown the door by Sauber as they ran into financial trouble in 2012. The Japanese driver who stood on the podium at his home Grand Prix in that year was looking for another drive last season and was donated money from fans however it wasn't enough forcing him to take a year out.
Caterham are in a slump after they lost out on 10th place to Marussia in the constructors championship. A position that is vital to a team of Caterham's size due to the way in which the prize money is distributed at the end of the year.
Last year Caterham fielded the relatively inexperienced line up of Charlies Pic and Giedo Van Der Garde. It looks as if Pic could lose out whilst Van Der Garde could be given a second crack.
However there is a whole host of drivers looking to be in contention with last years pairing wanting to be kept on as well as Paul di Resta, Kamui Kobayashi and Heikki Kovalainen all with recent F1 experience looking for a chance.
As well as those five GP2 hopeful Marcus Ericsson wants to prove what he can do. The 23 year old had an up and down season driving for DAMS but impressed on many occasions throughout and took sixth place last season.
With the team strapped for cash at the back of the grid it could come down to who has the biggest budget.
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