Pic’s unsure of future with Caterham

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Charles Pic is unsure whether or not he will still be racing for Caterham next season, but the Frenchman has said that he would like to remain with the team in 2014 if possible.

Pic joined the team at the beginning of the year after debuting with Marussia in 2012, and despite some good performances, he has recently been overshadowed by teammate Giedo van der Garde. With reserve driver Heikki Kovalainen (currently standing in for Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus) thought to be closing in on a seat with the backmarkers, Pic has conceded that he is not yet sure about his plans for 2014.

“For next year, I think the logical thing for me would be to stay at Caterham but it’s not sure,” Pic explained in the drivers’ press conference on Thursday in Brazil. “I think there are still many seats available for next year so nothing is sure for the moment so we will see.”

Caterham enter this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix (live on NBC from 11am ET) trailing Marussia for tenth place in the constructors’ championship, requiring a result of thirteenth place or higher in the final race to claim this position and the prize money that goes with it. Pic is putting the speculation about his future to one side in order to focus on this battle, and he does not think that beating Marussia will aid his search for a seat.

“We try to be focused on the races we are on, so it’s Brazil this weekend and give our best this weekend, try to get good results for the team and then we will see what happens for next year,” he said. “I don’t know if it will help the negotiations but for sure it would help the team and it’s the target so we will go for it and see.”

The list of drivers who could replace Pic is lengthy thanks to the number of changes further up the grid this year, but candidates not currently racing in F1 include the team’s American reserve driver, Alexander Rossi, and GP2 driver Marcus Ericsson who, according to the BBC, is in the running.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.