With the Caterham drivers line-up expected to be announced today (They announced it while I was writing this!) Giedo Van Der Garde has popped up at Sauber as the test and reserve driver for 2014. A surprise considering after hiring Adrian Sutil from Force India to partner Esteban Gutierrez for a second season, the team was widely expected to name Sergy Sirotkin for the majority of the In-season testing and Friday practice runs. Instead the 2013 Caterham pilot will fill this role and has confirmed that he will get Friday running in the new improved FP1’s (where there is an extra set of tires for the first 30 mins and driver swaps are allowed) alongside driving some of the 8 days of in-season testing permitted in 2014. While Van Der Garde does bring with him fashion brand McGregor with him Sirotkin is backed by a lot of Russian investment in the team, so maybe the new pay masters have either not paid up or have been talked down.
Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi have completed the field in F1 alongside Robert Frijns swapping from Hinwil to Leafield to be the test and reserve driver.
In the spirit of reunion’s the DTM roster has been filling up now F1 has slotted into place and Paul Di Resta has announced his return to the series he won in 2010 with the works HWA Mercedes team. He could yet drive F1 machinery this year as he could have landed a Mercedes test/reserve role alongside his drive. He will be joined in DTM by stalwart Gary Paffet, Timo Glock and Red Bull outcast Felix Da Costa, who missed out on the Toro Rosso drive to GP3 Champion Danill Kyvatt.
Expect a lot more movement this week with test/reserve roles now looking slightly worthwhile in F1 and a few spots left to fill in DTM, WEC and Indy Car.