Mid-Season Review - Ericsson vs. Kobayashi

Caterham pitstop

Ahead of F1's return to action at Spa we're taking a look at how the drivers are faring against their team-mates. Next up, backmarkers Caterham .

The failure to launch of a team with as much promise as Caterham is a bitter pill to swallow. The pre-season questions surrounding its long term prospects and owner Tony Fernandes were answered when the outfit was sold on; at least they're still in the sport.

But with results still failing to materialise it's hard to see where the positivity is, despite its courage in designing a radical looking car. Couple this with Marussia nabbing two points in Monaco, and you've got the makings of another team dropping off the grid sooner rather than later. 

Marcus Ericsson - Highest grid: 19th. Highest finish: 11th

It's easy to feel for Ericsson; when he gets any kind of TV exposure, it's either because he's overcooked it in a bad car, or stopped out on track as it's broken down.

Despite this, he was only a single placing away from scoring that elusive championship point for the team in Monaco, and, at times, has given Kobayashi an honest challenge. This being a learning experience for him is an understatement of giant proportions. 

Kamui Kobayashi - Highest grid: 14th. Highest finish: 13th

Lured back into the fold by Tony Fernandes - and reportedly driving without a salary in order to do so - it will be interesting to see just how long Kobayashi stays in a seat that will need to generate an income to support the team.

2014 can be characterised by his sheer determination to take it to the Marussias race after race, but the defining moment in Monaco was Jules Bianchi out-muscling Kamui with a move the Japanese would have been proud of. 

Verdict: Kamui edges it thanks to his consistency in fighting with rivals Marussia, but Marcus' pace is better than results suggest.