Alex Palmer Writes...

Big news this week, members of the Caterham team (and crates of Caterham gear) have been spotted heading to Abu Dhabi off the back of the polarising Crowd Sourcing funding exercise.  It will be interesting to see just who turns up in the garage as the Team Principal, how many of the regular team turn up, and just how far into the race we get before the car(s) fail given the lack of preparation. Then theres the drivers.  Kobayashi has confirmed hell be there to drive his green machine but with Marcus Ericson out of action theres a lot of speculation as to who would pilot the other car.  A number of potential candidates have been mooted, but time has run out for those without a Super Licence to get one in time, which limits the pool.  And Caterham are probably going to ask for a significant payment from any driver who picks up the drive.  Which further limits the potential driver pool to those with the spare cash. So who will we see??  Your guess is as good as mine at this point, but given the WEC series is over for the year - could we see Sebastian Buemi, or Mark Webber, or other recent F1 alumni back as a PR exercise?Leave your thoughts below as a comment, and well see how this week plays out.

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2017 Calendar

RaceGrand PrixRace Day
1AustraliaSunday 26 March
2ChinaSunday 9 April
3BahrainSunday 16 April
4RussiaSunday 30 April
5SpainSunday 14 May
6MonacoSunday 28 May
7CanadaSunday 11 June
8AzerbaijanSunday 25 June
9AustriaSunday 9 July
10Great BritainSunday 16 July
11HungarySunday 30 July
12BelgiumSunday 27 August
13ItalySunday 3 September
14SingaporeSunday 17 September
15MalaysiaSunday 1 October
16JapanSunday 8 October
17United StatesSunday 22 October
18MexicoSunday 29 October
19BrazilSunday 12 November
20Abu DhabiSunday 26 November

2017 Driver Leaderboard

PlaceDriverTeamPoints
1HamiltonMercedes363
2VettelFerrari317
3BottasMercedes305
4RäikkönenFerrari205
5RicciardoRed Bull200
6VerstappenRed Bull168
7PerezForce India100
8OconForce India87
9SainzToro Rosso54
10HulkenbergRenault43
11MassaWilliams43
12StrollWilliams40
13GrosjeanHaas28
14MagnussenHaas19
15AlonsoMcLaren17
16VandoorneMcLaren13
17PalmerRenault8
18KvyatToro Rosso5
19WehrleinSauber5
20ButtonMcLaren0
21EricssonSauber0
22GaslyToro Rosso0
23GiovinazziSauber0
24HartleyToro Rosso0

2017 Constructor Leaderboard

PlaceTeamPoints
1Mercedes668
2Ferrari522
3Red Bull368
4Force India187
5Williams83
6Renault57
7Toro Rosso53
8Haas47
9McLaren30
10Sauber5