The 2013 Formula One teams are taking shape with Marussia signing Briton Max Chilton while Sauber have let go of Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi.
Chilton becomes the fourth current British driver in F1 having been Marussia’s test driver, behind Timo Glock and the outgoing Charles Pic, who has joined fellow backmarkers Caterham.
“It’s hard to put into words how I’m feeling today, with the announcement that I will be racing for the Marussia F1 Team in 2013,” 21-year-old Chilton said in a statement.
“I am very fortunate to have spent the last six races with the Marussia F1 Team as reserve driver, which means that instead of a standing start I am already up to speed and at ease with the people, the culture, the systems and of course, the 2012 package.”
Meanwhile, Japan will be without a driver in F1 for the first time in 10 years after it was confirmed Kobayashi wouldn’t be in the Sauber line-up after three years with the team.
“My main priority is to secure the competitive F1 seat in 2014. I have no interests to race any other categories,” said Kobayashi, who managed 60 points for Sauber in 2012.
Sauber lost Mexican driver Sergio Perez to McLaren but have signed Esteban Gutierrez and Nico Hulkenberg.