Kamui Kobayashi could find himself out of a Formula 1 driver – possibly by as soon as this weekend’s German Grand Prix – according to the latest speculation surrounding the recently-sold Caterham F1 Team.
Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson currently race for Caterham, which was sold to a consortium of unnamed Swiss and Middle Eastern investors in the run up to the British Grand Prix weekend a fortnight ago.
Red Bull junior driver Carlos Sainz Jr has confirmed that his management has held discussions with the Leafield-based team with the view that he could join the team in the second half of the 2014 season.
The 19-year-old Spaniard lost out to Daniil Kvyat on a drive at Scuderia Toro Rosso and is currently comfortably leading the Drivers’ Championship standings in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with the DAMS team, where he has been placed by Red Bull.
“It is true that there have been talks and that we have spoken to them, but nothing is confirmed,” Sainz Jr told Spanish newspaper AS.
“This does not affect me because my goal remains the same: to be at Toro Rosso in the future. If to do that I have to go to Caterham before then I will happily go there. It was possible to contest a race this year, but it is Red Bull which decides this. They and Caterham must also have benefits and be convinced by the agreement.”
The drinks giant is no stranger to placing one of its development drivers with another squad to gain F1 experience. It followed a similar path with Daniel Ricciardo in 2011, placing him at the HRTF1 Team in the second half of the season before he graduated to Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2012.
It is understood that Red Bull is weighing up the prospect of placing Sainz Jr at Caterham in exchange for a waiver of an apparently overdue gearbox bill owed to the reigning champions.
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