Heikki Kovalainen is without a drive after Caterham opted not to take him for this season.
The team had planned to give him a race seat in 2014 after indicating that it did not want to rely on paying drivers, which is why he was an FP1 regular last year.
However, clearly the situation changed, and it has been apparent for some weeks that the Finn was no longer in the frame. He had been under contract until December.
“I got a text message from Tony [Fernandes] saying they need two pay drivers,” Kovalainen told this writer. “So I guess that’s it for me. I was counting on this one 100%, so I have nothing planned now.”
The team is expected to finally confirm Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson today.