Italian Kevin Giovesi has become the second driver confirmed to be a part of the new Caterham Development Programme. He joins Frenchman Nathanael Berthon within the scheme.
Giovesi currently races in the Auto GP World Series and sits fourth in the championship standings driving for the FMS Racing outfit. He has won two races in 2014 at Paul Ricard and Monza.
A Caterham statement has said that Giovesi and Berthon would get “the opportunity to embed themselves in the F1 team’s operations at Leafield Technical Centre and on track, and to gain valuable experience of working with F1 engineers and current season.”
It is unclear how the signing of Giovesi and Berthon affects the already set-up Racing Academy, which currently has three Britons on its books. Formula Renault 3.5 Series race winner Will Stevens and Formula Renault 2.0 competitors Matt Parry and Seb Morris all run in Caterham colours in their respective series’.
Since Tony Fernandes sold the Caterham team at the beginning of July, American Alexander Rossi has already departed the programme, and it is unclear whether Stevens, Parry and Morris are under contract from Fernandes or from the new owners headed by Christijan Albers.
Robin Frijns’ third driver contract would also be under scrutiny but it is believed the new owners will honour this contract and allow the Dutchman the time in the car during free practice sessions that his contract states.