Caterham F1 Team have announced, via the team’s chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne, that next year’s car has successfully passed the FIA crash tests. The CT-01 has yet to be given an official launch date, but getting the all clear from these preliminaries will allow the team to tick another box and make advances heading into the new year.
It has been a busy week for the Hingham based squad following on from their official name change from Team Lotus to Caterham F1 Team on Tuesday. Gascoyne expressed his joy on Twitter. “Great week,” he said. “Renaming as Caterham F1 Team on Tuesday and today our first chassis, CT-01 passes all FIA homologation tests. Well done all.”
As Caterham have yet to announce when they will launch the CT-01, we also have no clear indication whether they will be taking part in the first pre-season test in Jerez which begins on Tuesday 7th February.
The team have opted to keep the same driver line-up as it was in their Team Lotus era, allowing the team to have stability heading into a crucial Winter.
The 2012 crash tests are more stringent and must be passed before the car can do the pre-season test in February. This was not the case in previous years and may lead one or two teams to start the testing season with a modified 2011 chassis.