The Finn is maintaining his training schedule in the hope that he will make it on the grid in 2014. It comes after he spent the majority of this season on the sidelines after being demoted to the Leafield-based outfit’s reserve driver.
However, he did manage to compete in two races after replacing Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus for the final two rounds. He is still in with a chance of securing one of the two vacant seats at Caterham but has plenty of competition. Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic could retain their seats, while Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobayashi are also being strongly linked to the drives.
He confirmed that talks with the team are still ongoing, but he will have to wait until the end of January to find out his fate. “I have been maintaining my training programme for Formula One as much as possible,” he told Finnish TV station MTV3. “I will have a normal F1 driver’s winter. The only difference to previous years is that I do not currently have a contract for next season.
“But this has happened more than once in my career, when I didn’t know what awaited me for the future but eventually I had something.
“The most serious negotiations are with Caterham. But all the different factors need to come together. In any case, it should be clarified by the end of January, when the tests begin. But I am not going to end my career.”
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