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Caterham close to second driver decision
Friday 14th December 2012, 18:55 by Ryan Wood
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Caterham are close to confirming who will partner Charles Pic in 2013, according to team principal Cyril Abiteboul.
The Leafield based outfit recently confirmed the signing of Frenchman Pic from Marussia, but are yet to announce his team-mate.
Whilst Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov remain in the running for the second seat, other names have been thrown about including rookie Giedo van der Garde.
Abiteboul admits they could go down either route, including two in-experienced drivers because 2013 is a transitional year before major technical changes in 2014 which gives them a chance to continue bulding the team.
"There are different options," he told the official F1 website. "One option is someone who he [Pic] can learn from and who he can use as his benchmark for what we want from both our drivers.
"Another option, more radical, is to accept the fact that 2013 is a transition year that we use to continue building the team before a period of greater stability in 2014, when a lot of other things in the package will change.
"Both types of candidates are out there, and we are close to making a decision," he added.