The Caterham F1 Team have announced a new Development Driver Programme aimed to prepare drivers for Formula 1, and the team have confirmed that current GP2 Series driver Nathanael Berthon as the first member.
The aim of the Programme is to give young drivers the opportunity to be involved in the Teams’ on and off track operations, and will give those drivers a first hand view of what is required of an F1 driver.
New CEO of Caterham F1, Dutchman Christijan Albers, was happy to announce Berthon as the first member of the Programme, and is looking forward to assisting his continued development as a racing driver.
“We are very pleased to welcome Nathanaël into our team as the first driver in our Development Driver Program,” said Albers. “He is an exciting young talent with a proven track record in the feeder series for F1 and as he already has F1 experience he fits very neatly into our team.
“We will work closely with him to help him reach his full potential and are all excited about seeing him continue to grow as a driver, in and out of the cockpit.”
Berthon has some previous Formula 1 experience when he participated in the 2011 Young Drivers Test at Abu Dhabi for the HRT team. He has been racing in the GP2 Series since 2012, racing for Racing Engineering, Trident Racing and, for this year, Venezuela GP Lazarus. He has one race win under his belt, after taking the chequered flag in the Sprint race at Hungary in 2013 while with Trident.