Charles Pic will be a Caterham driver from next season after signing a multi-year contract with the Anglo-Malaysian team, it was announced today.
The Frenchman, who is completes his first season as a Fomrula 1 driver this weekend in Brazil, moves from Caterham‘s main rivals, Marussia.
“I am very proud to be able to confirm that I am joining Caterham F1 Team next year and I’m looking forward to many seasons of successful racing cooperation,” said Pic. “I’m enthusiastic to have the opportunity to continue to grow in a team that has a technical relationship with a number of French global companies, including Renault and Total, plus an Official Partnership with EADS.
“It is clear that the team has great ambitions for the future: the investments already made and the decisions taken in the last few months show how committed the shareholders are to succeed and demonstrates their willingness to keep going forward.
“I know how determined the team is to keep progressing and I am looking forward to playing my part in helping them move up the grid.”
Cyril Abiteboul, the Caterham team principal, welcomed Pic to the team.
“We are thrilled that Charles has decided to join us for his second season in F1 and beyond,” said Abiteboul. “We are all looking forward to working with a young driver who has clearly shown in his first season in F1 that he has the pace, racecraft and demeanour to help us achieve our goals.
“Throughout the 2012 season we have been monitoring the progress that Charles has made, challenging us on several occasions in qualifying, and it is clear that he is a special talent.
“As the year has progressed he has performed extremely well against a very experienced teammate and we are looking forward to seeing him develop further within the environment we will provide in 2013 and beyond. We will continue growing together, and the energy and image he will bring to our team and his partners will be a very positive influence on the seasons that lie ahead.
“Being able to make this announcement before the end of the current season gives us the chance now to allow Charles and the team to prepare fully for the 2013 season and quickly learn how to maximise the performance benefits of the Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull Technology powertrain that will be new to him.”
Caterham are yet to announce who will partner Pic next season.