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Jolyon Palmer and Spike Goddard to test for Sahara Force India in Abu Dhabi

Sahara Force India announced today that GP2 Series Champion Jolyon Palmer and 22-year-old Australian Spike Goddard as the team's line-up for next week's test in Abu Dhabi.

Jolyon's opportunity at the wheel of the VJM07 comes after a triumphant campaign in GP2, in which he won four races ahead of the season finale en route to becoming the first Briton since Lewis Hamilton to win the title. The son of former Formula One driver Jonathan, the 23-year-old racer will be looking to impress the team when he spends a full day in the car next Tuesday.

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Romain Grosjean confirmed with Lotus for 2015

Lotus F1 Team is pleased to announce that Romain Grosjean will continue to drive for the team in 2015 as it embarks on its first season with Mercedes-Benz power. Romain will continue to partner Pastor Maldonado, who was confirmed for 2015 earlier this year.

Romain has driven for Lotus F1 Team continuously since the start of the 2011 season as well as driving for the team’s previous iteration of Renault for the latter part of the 2009 season. He was previously part of Enstone’s long-standing young driver programme.

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Sainz and Ricciardo to test for Red Bull in Abu Dhabi

Formula Renault 3.5 Champion Carlos Sainz Jr will line-up alongside Daniel Ricciardo for Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s final test of the 2014 season at Yas Marina Circuit on November 25 and 26 following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In October, Carlos became the youngest ever Formula Renault 3.5 series Champion and, as part of his title win, the 20-year-old has been awarded a day’s testing in the team’s current Formula One car. The reward is handed to the series winner, on the condition that he or she is not affiliated to any other young driver programme linked to a top team.

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Kamui Kobayashi to race in Abu Dhabi

The Caterham F1 Team is pleased to announce that Kamui Kobayashi will race for the Team in the season finale in Abu Dhabi next week. The Team is happy to welcome the Japanese driver back for the last race weekend of the 2014 season. The second driver to race alongside Kamui will be announced in due course.

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Caterham F1 Team to race in Abu Dhabi

The Caterham F1 Team announced that it will be racing at the final Formula 1 Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi next week thanks to the support of the fans, who have helped the team raise enough money to make it possible through Crowdcube, the world’s leading investment crowdfunding platform.

Finbarr O’Connell of Smith & Williamson, joint administrator of Caterham Sports Limited: “We set ourselves a major challenge, but it’s definitely been worth it! In only a week the fans have made the impossible, possible. We knew that the best way to keep this team alive and attract possible buyers was to show that it’s still a racing team and be in Abu Dhabi for the finale, and there aren’t enough words to say how grateful we are to all the fans that have made this possible.

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Rosberg beats Hamilton at Interlagos to keep Championship alive

Nico Rosberg took victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix after a race-long battle with team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who completed a record-breaking one-two finish for the Silver Arrows at Interlagos. Nico took his fifth victory of the season, Lewis his 15th podium finish from eighteen races.  Felipe Massa finished third, allowing Williams to extended its advantage over Ferrari for third in the Constructors’ Championship to 44 points. Felipe incurred a 5-second penalty after his first pitstop for speeding in the pitlane, but had enough pace to retain his third place and drove a consistent race to finish on the podium.

The 11th one-two finish of 2014 for the Mercedes team is a new all-time record, surpassing the previous best set in that same year. A 15th win of 2014 for the Silver Arrows equals the highest number of victories scored in a single season set by McLaren in 1988. Lewis and Nico head into the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi with just 17 points separating them in the Drivers' Championship. The team now has 651 Constructors' Championship points - the most ever scored in a single season - surpassing the total set by Red Bull in 2011 with one race remaining.

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Caterham F1 Team raises over £1m in less than 48hours

The Caterham F1 Team launched the #RefuelCaterhamF1 project on Friday 7 November in order to power the team to go racing in Abu Dhabi and hopefully beyond. The team will reward both fans and sponsors in this unique opportunity to be the driving force behind the team by Crowdfunding its return to the grid.

Companies and fans can get involved by heading to the Crowdcube website, www.crowdcube.com/caterham, and pledging the amount they wish to give, from just £5. Supporters will receive unique rewards, from support badges and T-Shirts to a once in a lifetime opportunity to get their name on the Caterham F1 car competing in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The opportunity to support Caterham F1’s return to the grid and to receive unique rewards will close when it reaches its £2.35m funding target or on Friday 14 November 2014, whichever is sooner.

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