Andre Lotterer, Caterham, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014

Caterham tipped to run other drivers this year

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Will Wood

Andre Lotterer, Caterham, Spa-Francorchamps, 2014In the round-up: Caterham may provide further opportunities for Carlos Sainz Jr and Roberto Merhi to make their F1 debuts with the team before the end of the season.

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Merhi and Sainz Jr lined up for Caterham race seat (Adam Cooper)

“Spanish Renault 3.5 stars Carlos Sainz Jr and Roberto Merhi are both in the frame to make their F1 debuts with Caterham before the end of the season. It’s believed that they are both likely to be given an opportunity to drive the car occupied by Andre Lotterer this weekend.”

VIDEO: Ferrari boss confirms 2015 team (Sky)

“Marco Mattiacci has told Sky Sports that Kimi Raikkonen & Fernando Alonso will be racing again in 2015 for the F1 team.”

McLaren not planning to leave driver decision until off-season (NBC)

Eric Boullier: “No, it is not our plan to wait that long, no. We are in the position to wait a few days or a few weeks until we know where we go in the next few years. That’s why it takes a bit of time.”

‘We’re not in the let’s-make-everybody-happy business’ – Wolff (ESPN)

Too Wolff: “Sometimes you are happier and other times you are less happy, and for us it is about always extracting the maximum from the both of [the drivers]. This is why we want to give them the environment and the support they need to perform at their best. But we are also not in the let’s-make-everybody-happy business.”

Nico Rosberg Q&A: First Spa-Francorchamps pole special (Formula1.com)

Rosberg: “And yes, it will be very tight again with Lewis, believe me. But this is a track were you always have the chance to do something with the tyres during the race when you’re on a smart strategy, so it would be wrong to only focus on the qualifying result.”

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After Andre Lotterer successfully qualified for his first Grand Prix in challenging conditions, reader Toxic was more than impressed by the German’s performance.

Very impressive from Lotterer. Yeah it’s Caterham, but to jump in to these extremely complicated car with all those technologies going in the background (brake by wire sic!) and out qualifying Ericsson in his first outing by a second?
Seriously… ask Kovalainen how is it to step in for a one race to the car you don’t know (even though HK was driving similar cars before his journeys).
It’s of course still just Saturday but nonetheless great job by him.
Toxic

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