January 21th, 2014 (F1plus/R. Baillie).- Caterham have confirmed that Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson will drive for the Leafield based team in 2014 with Robin Frijns and Alexander Rossi as Reserve Drivers.
Kobayashi returns to Formula One after finding himself without a drive for the 2013 season.
“It’s a great feeling to be back as an F1 race driver and I’m really pleased it’s with Caterham F1 Team. The Japanese driver said.
“We’ve been talking to Cyril and Tony since last year about driving for the team for 2014 and beyond and throughout all our discussions I’ve been very impressed with where they want to take the team, and how much investment has been made already to help them achieve their goals.”
Ericsson steps up to F1 after four years in GP2.
“This is a very proud day for me and everyone who has helped make my F1 dream come true. The Swedish driver said.
“I’ll be making the step up to F1 with Caterham F1 Team in 2014 and I’m already excited about the season ahead, and the first race in Australia in particular.”
Ericsson said the work had already begun for him as he tried to improve his fitness even more and understand their 2014 challenger.
“My physical fitness has always been good but I’ve been working even more on that since the discussions with Caterham began, and I’m going to be in the factory in Leafield as much as I can before and during the tests in Spain and Bahrain so I can play an active role in helping understand the 2014 car, and what we need to do to unlock its performance.” he said.
The team also announced that Alexander Rossi and Rio Haryanto will drive for the Caterham Racing GP2 team.