Englishman Will Stevens will make his Formula 1 debut for Caterham in this weekend’s season-ending race at Abu Dhabi.
The 23-year-old has been part of the Caterham academy and will join up with Kamui Kobayashi for the cash-strapped team, according to BBC Sport. Caterham are currently in administration and have missed the last two races. They were forced to launch a crowd-funding project earlier in the month to raise enough funds to compete in the Abu Dhabi.
Marcus Ericsson had been expected to line up on the grid for the team, however he decided to terminate his contract with immediate effect last week. The Swede has already agreed a deal to race for Sauber from the start of next year.
Abu Dhabi will be Stevens’s first opportunity to impress in Formula One and as Caterham will almost certainly not be competing next year, the Englishman will soon be on the lookout for a new team.
Meanwhile Sunday’s Grand Prix sees the first time double points are available to the drivers and Brit Lewis Hamilton is in pole position to win the title. Hamilton will guarantee the driver’s championship with a second-place finish, regardless of where teammate Nico Rosberg is positioned.
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As well as Caterham leaving the sport, it could also be Jenson Button’s final race of his Formula 1 career. McLaren will reportedly let go the 2009 World Champion and replace him with Fernando Alonso, whose spot at Ferrari has already been taken up by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel for next season.
With the driver merry-go-round already in full swing it might be easy to overlook there could be another British world champion on Sunday.