With the announcement that Caterham has signed up Giedo van der Garde, there are just two seats remaining on the Formula One grid for the 2013 season.
With one being at Force India alongside Paul di Resta, the other up for grabs is at Marussia alongside rookie driver Max Chilton. A number of news outlets were reporting that the Marussia seat is set to go to Brazilian driver Luiz Razia.
Razia was a test driver for the team, then known as Virgin Racing, in 2010, and has also had test drive opportunities for the Caterhan team, then known as Team Lotus, in 2011.
He appeared in Formula 1 machinery on two occasions in 2012, testing for Force India at its ‘Young Drivers’ test session at Magny Cours, and later fulfilled the same role for Scuderia Toro Rosso at Abu Dhabi.
The signing would leave just one seat remaining on the 2013 grid alongside di Resta. Force India launched its new car last week with di Resta pulling the covers off the car without his yet-to-be-named teammate. That team-mate could be in the form of former Grand Prix driver Adrian Sutil, or rookie Frenchman Jules Bianchi.
Force India’s Deputy Principal, Bob Fernley told Reuters, however, that the team will not rush into a decision as it gives greater consideration to hiring a driver that could serve the team in 2014 when the technical regulations for the sport will be revolutionised.
Other candidates for the seat currently being considered include Russian Vitaly Petrov and Brazilian Bruno Senna.