Marussia’s Charles Pic has been quietly impressive. He’s out qualified his vastly more experienced teammate six times and for a rookie in his first year of Formula One racing, that’s not easy to do…especially when your teammate is Timo Glock who is no stranger to podium finishes and rapid pace. Pic comes with substantial financial backing and that is a trait that almost every driver needs these days if they have any chance of succeeding in Formula 1. His financial strength and performance has caught the eye of Caterham F1 and now he will be driving for the team in 2013.
Caterham team boss Cyril Abiteboul said:
“We are thrilled that Charles has decided to join us for his second season in F1 and beyond,” said Abiteboul.
“We are all looking forward to working with a young driver who has clearly shown in his first season in F1 that he has the pace, racecraft and demeanour to help us achieve our goals.
“Throughout the 2012 season we have been monitoring the progress that Charles has made, challenging us on several occasions in qualifying, and it is clear that he is a special talent.
“As the year has progressed he has performed extremely well against a very experienced team-mate and we are looking forward to seeing him develop further within the environment we will provide in 2013 and beyond.”
This leaves an uncertain future for current Caterham drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov. Kovalainen, a paid driver, admits his future is hard to discern while Petrov’s financial backers are said to be difficult to assemble for 2013. The move will signal a bright future for Pic even if he’s leaving a team that is currently beating Caterham F1 in the Constructor’s Championship. Caterham has made recent management changes and looks to be committed to the long-term goal of increasing its brand and performance in F1.