Posted on January 22, 2014


The announcement that Kamui Kobayashi is returning to the F1 grid this year with Caterham was greeted positively by F1 fans and it was noticeable in the Caterham factory yesterday how buoyed the team were with his signing. Kobayashi lost his place on the F1 grid in 2013 because he couldn’t rustle up a budget, with Japanese businesses unwilling to find him. He has returned on a deal whereby he appears to be racing effectively for nothing, with Caterham believing that preferable to running a pay driver with less talent and pulling power with fans. Now he’s regained his place, More…

Posted on January 21, 2014


Caterham boss Tony Fernandes has said that his team’s failure over the last four years, particularly 2013 where the team finished last out of 11 teams, has made his team stronger. Announcing his driver line up of Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson at a launch event in the team’s Leafield HQ this morning, Fernandes said, “It’s a critical season. Most people have written us off. From failure you draw some strength. “Frankly we have to try to do something different. We haven’t performed as a team since I started this team and we have taken something of a radical approach. More…

Posted on September 27, 2013


Caterham F1 Team have restructured their technical team with Jody Egginton and John Iley taking on more responsibilities as the outfit look to make gains next season when the regulations change significantly. Performance director Iley will see his role expanded to oversee a new Advanced Projects Group which will focus on future innovation that can be applied to the F1 team as well as Caterham’s automotive and technological interests. Iley will also play a more active role with technical director Mark Smith and team principal Cyril Abiteboul in managing the team’s technical partnerships with Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull More…

Posted on September 22, 2013


Caterham F1 team today confirmed that they will use the Renault engine for the next three seasons. They join Red Bull and Toro Rosso on the Renault roster. Lotus F1 team is expected to use the Renault unit too, but that deal has not yet been agreed. Renault sources suggest that this should be done in the near future. The 2014 engine will feature new small capacity V6 hybrid turbo technology, with a much greater energy regeneration component. The cars will be expected to cover the same race distances as this year at a similar speed, but using a third More…

Posted on July 4, 2013


British racing driver Will Stevens has been taken under the wing of the Caterham F1 Team as they today announced him at the latest young driver to join the Caterham Racing Academy. The World Series by Renault front-runner will now receive the Leafield squad’s support to enhance his prospects at gaining a seat in Formula One. This will include a focus on physical and mental preparation as well as the important exposure and prestige that comes with joining a Formula One team’s ranks. The academy, set up to develop young talent in to future Grand Prix drivers, is similar in More…

Posted on April 11, 2013


Ma Qing Ha will become the first Chinese driver to compete in his home grand prix weekend, when he replaces Charles Pic in first practice on Friday for the Chinese Grand Prix. The 25-year-old has competed in four practice sessions previously with HRT, but this will be his first outing since signing for Caterham as reserve driver. Ma, along with race driver Giedo van der Garde, will be working on handling and set-up issues which Pic says the team have struggled with in the opening two races of the season. Pic, who will back in the car from second practice More…

Posted on March 5, 2013


Caterham’s Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde have declared themselves happy with the 2013 car’s progress after the final test before the season opener in Melbourne. While last year’s driver line-up of Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov had seven years of Formula 1 experience between them, Pic and van der Garde have just one. Caterham, meanwhile, have yet to score a point since joining the sport in 2010. But last month team principal Cyril Abiteboul said he believed the fresh line-up would revitalise the team for their fourth season. And after the last of three winter tests, both drivers More…

Posted on March 5, 2013


Caterham have strengthened their technical team by appointing Hari Roberts as the team’s head of aerodynamics. Roberts, who has worked for Jordan, Renault and Lotus, has aerodynamics, trackside and simulation experience. Caterham have finished 10th in the constructors’ championship each year since joining the sport in 2010, and have failed to score a point, however, Roberts’ recruitment is a sign of a continued push to close the gap to the midfield. Roberts will work closely with technical director Mark Smith, who he worked with at Jordan and Renault, and performance director John Iley. Smith said: “He gives us more senior More…

Posted on February 20, 2013


David Cameron has made a visit to Caterham’s Leafield Technical Centre, which is located in the British Prime Minister’s constituency of Witney. The team, which finished 10th in the constructors’ championship last season, moved its factory based from Norfolk to the Oxfordshire site in August 2012. There are also plans to move the Caterham Group’s roadcar division – Caterham Cars – to the Leafield base, which should create more jobs in the area. The Prime Minister was given a tour of the factory, visiting the workshops and race bays, meeting employees and inspecting the team’s cars. He said: “This is More…

Posted on February 1, 2013


Giedo van der Garde has been confirmed this afternoon as a race driver for the Caterham F1 Team, replacing Vitaly Petrov. Van der Garde has been in contention for the seat since the second half of last season and will join Charles Pic in winter testing and on the grid in Melbourne. The Dutchman, who has budget from the McGregor sports brand, competed in GP2 last year for Caterham and scored six podiums and two race wins. In his capacity as reserve driver for the F1 team he completed six outings in Friday morning practice at Grands Prix. It’s another More…

Posted on December 20, 2012


It has been confirmed that Caterham Sporting director Steve Nielsen will leave the team in January after two years as Sporting Director. He is understood to be moving to a different team. Nielsen was part of the group alongside Mike Gascoyne and Bob Bell at the Renault team in the early 2000s and was there through the Alonso years right up to the move to the black and gold of Lotus Renault GP in 2011, when he moved on to Caterham. But his career goes back further to stints at Team Lotus, Tyrrell and Arrows, under Tom Walkinshaw. Nielsen is More…

Posted on November 8, 2012


Cyril Abiteboul has been appointed as the man to take over the day-to-day running of the Caterham F1 Team from Tony Fernandes and lead the Leafield-based outfit into its next chapter of development. As has always been his plan, team co-owner Fernandes this week revealed he had decided to step down from the team principal role to concentrate on his wider business interests having finally aligned the F1 team to a manufacturer entity with Caterham Cars and, in recent days, entered into a major sports car project with Renault. The Caterham Group’s growing links to the French manufacturer were hinted More…

Posted on November 7, 2012


Caterham will have a new team principal next season after owner Tony Fernandes confirmed he would imminently be stepping down after three years in the role. Fernandes’s announcement comes in the same week that he achieved a major landmark for the Caterham brand as a whole by entering into a partnership with Renault to revive the Alpine sportscar brand which will see two new models to be launched within the next four years. On creating the then Lotus Racing outfit, with the name under licence from Group Lotus, in late 2009, the Malaysian entrepreneur made clear that his stay as More…

Posted on November 5, 2012


The Caterham Group has taken major step in its development under Tony Fernandes by deepening its ties with Renault, its Formula 1 engine supplier, in a new partnership to design and build sports cars. Caterham has bought a 50% stake in the Renault-owned Automobiles Alpine Renault, which was originally the historic French Alpine manufacturer which was a giant of the rallying world in the 1970s and whose Dieppe Plant in Normandy has been more recently used as the base for the production of Renault Sport models. The new company will be known as The Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham when More…

Posted on November 2, 2012


Caterham performance director John Iley is hopeful the package of upgrades the team has brought to Abu Dhabi will ultimately be worth around three tenths of a second in lap time to the team. Having fallen behind Marussia in the battle for lucrative tenth place in the constructors’ championship four races ago in Singapore, Caterham has just three weekends left to try and redress the balance and, in its on-going bid to catch the back of the midfield, unveiled a series of updates on the CT01 this morning in first practice. Caterham’s deficit to Q2 has been consistently over a More…

Posted on October 8, 2012


In a period where the Hamilton/Mercedes/Schumacher affair has dominated the Formula 1 paddock’s attention, the wider repercussions in the driver market could open up a wealth of possibilities, led by Caterham and the possibility of two available race seats in 2013. Heikki Kovalainen said during the Japanese weekend that he was in talks with Caterham owner Tony Fernandes, and that despite apparent recent friction between the Malaysian and the Finn’s management, he was still hopeful of a fresh deal. Nonetheless the presence of a surge of talented and well-backed young drivers who are eager to break into the sport means More…

Posted on August 28, 2012


Caterham’s race trucks began their journey to Belgium for this weekend’s grand prix from a new location after the team officially opened the doors at its Leafield factory over the summer break. While the importance of a move from one headquarters to another – albeit ones 150 miles apart – might be underestimated, Caterham believes the relocation from Norfolk to Oxfordshire marks a seminal moment in its relatively short history. As not only does it place the team firmly in the heart of the UK’s ‘Motorsport Valley’ but the site provides the platform for future expansion. The Leafield facility, previously More…

Posted on July 24, 2012


Caterham performance director John Iley is optimistic the traditional hot Hungaroring conditions will allow the team to enjoy a more competitive race weekend as it bids to get more performance out of the recent upgrade package introduced onto the CT01. The team, which is on the verge of a significant milestone in its short history when it begins the move into the former Arrows and Super Aguri factory in Leafield following this weekend’s Hungarian GP, introduced a big package of updates across the European and British GPs but near washouts during Friday practice in both the latter race and then More…

Posted on July 17, 2012


Caterham is to embark on an “aggressive employment plan” to aid its push up the grid when they finally move from their Norfolk base of the last three years to the heart of F1’s ‘Motorsport Valley’ in Leafield following next week’s Hungarian GP. The team’s plans to move into the UK F1 equivalent of Silicon Valley in Oxfordshire were announced at the start of the year with the team taking over the larger former Arrows and Super Aguri factory in order to house the two key areas of the expanding Caterham Group under one roof – the F1 team and More…

Posted on July 4, 2012


Vitaly Petrov, Russia’s first Formula 1 driver, will next week take a Caterham F1 car around his country’s newest race circuit on the outskirts of Moscow. The ‘Moscow Raceway’ is located 50 miles outside of the capital city in Volokolamsk and will stage its first international racing event on the weekend of July 14-15 when the World Series by Renault comes to town.  Petrov will also be making an appearance and will complete some demonstration laps in a Caterham around the new Hermann Tilke-designed circuit, with spectators to also get the chance to join the local star for fast laps More…

Posted on May 31, 2012


Tony Fernandes believes the steps Caterham have taken since entering Formula 1 towards becoming a competitive operation are now starting to bear fruit after Heikki Kovalainen’s eye-catching drive in Monaco. The Norfolk-based outfit remains without a point in its 44 grands prix and Q2 appearances remain very much the exception rather than the rule, but the team’s Malaysian owner and team principal Fernandes is taking great heart from its performance on the streets of Monte Carlo. Although greatly helped by the circuit’s narrow confines in being able to keep the much faster McLaren of Jenson Button at bay, Kovalainen nonetheless More…

Posted on May 18, 2012


Caterham’s sporting director Steve Nielsen expects the wider of package of upgrades that the team first trialled on the CT01 at the Mugello test to reappear on the car at some point in the forthcoming races, when he also thinks John Iley’s impact will begin to be felt. The Norfolk-based outfit tested a number of updates, principally a new exhaust layout, on the car at Mugello the week before the Spanish GP but only a new rear wing survived for the race weekend after the team didn’t find sufficient performance gains. Nielsen admits the team had to “short-circuit” some of More…

Posted on May 4, 2012


Caterham’s young American test driver Alexander Rossi has spoken of his pride in returning his country to the competitive Formula 1 field after the team confirmed he would make his debut at a grand prix weekend during next Friday’s opening practice session in Spain. While the sport’s lack of a United States Grand Prix since Indianapolis’s demise at the end of 2007, prior to the advent of scheduled new races in Austin later this year and New Jersey (2013), has been extensively documented, the lack of a top-line US F1 driver has been a perennial problem for several decades. The last American More…

Posted on April 17, 2012


Caterham F1 headed into 2012 looking to pick off from where they had left off last year, hoping to challenge the midfield runners and gain their first points. And although they are yet to see a clear positional step, the team believe there have been significant gains, particularly in race trim. Following some positive pre-season tests, which had indicated an improvement in reliability and single-lap pace, Caterham have had a mixture of results in the opening grands prix. A double DNF in Melbourne was followed by both cars reaching the chequered flag in Malaysia, however due to the conditions in More…

Posted on March 29, 2012


Just under a third of the Formula 1 calendar is now made up of races in Asia, yet Caterham’s Malaysian owner Tony Fernandes believes there is still scope for the sport to expand in that region of the world. Before Fernandes’s country staged its first grand prix at the then state-of-the-art Sepang circuit in 1999 Japan was the only established Asian round, yet 13 years on and China, Singapore, Korea and India all now also hold races in their own right. The rise of Formula 1’s presence in Asia has gone hand-in-hand with a gradual shift away from the sport’s traditional More…

Posted on March 19, 2012


Caterham may have got the season in which it is aiming to score its first Formula 1 points underway with a disappointing double DNF, and a five-place grid penalty for its lead driver at the next race, but the team has taken comfort from evidence which it believes suggests it can take on Formula 1’s midfield this year. Although the Malaysian-owned squad found themselves in familiar positions below the Q1 cut line in qualifying at Albert Park, technical director Mark Smith took heart from the race pace both Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov were able to display prior to dropping More…

Posted on March 9, 2012


The next few years are big ones for Formula 1’s attempts to re-establish itself in the United States with the scheduled arrivals of Austin, and then New Jersey, on the calendar and so it is fitting that at least one American driver is back around the F1 scene for 2012, after Caterham confirmed Alexander Rossi as their official test driver for the new season. Rossi joined the team’s young driver development programme last year and tested the then Team Lotus-branded car on one day of last November’s young driver test in Abu Dhabi, having already competed for the sister GP2 team More…

Posted on February 20, 2012


Caterham has wasted little time in tapping into the opportunities the presence of Vitaly Petrov in its driver line-up offers up in the Russian sponsorship market by announcing the arrival of the country’s largest petrochemical firm, SIBUR. SIBUR was already a personal sponsor of Petrov when he drove for Renault last season and, in addition to its logos appearing on the Russian’s race suits, will also feature on Caterham’s CT01 this season. Following the decision to drop Jarno Trulli in favour of Petrov at the end of last week, Caterham team co-owner Tony Fernandes acknowledged the decision had been made More…

Posted on February 17, 2012


On Friday afternoon, fresh from the announcement that he had would be replacing Jarno Trulli in Caterham’s line-up for the new season, Vitaly Petrov took time out to speak to JA on F1 about his new deal and his aims for 2012. The Russian explains why he thinks he’s joined a team that’s going places and why it’s about time that people stopped labelling him as purely a pay driver.   First of all, congratulations on the Caterham drive. It must be a relief to finally have your future sorted and be definitely on the grid for 2012? “Thank you More…

Posted on February 17, 2012


Mike Gascoyne has been appointed the Chief Technical Officer of the entire Caterham Group, expanding on his previous role of Caterham F1 CTO, which will now be taken over by Mark Smith. The new appointment will mean that Gascoyne’s talents will now be spread to Caterham Cars and Caterham Technology & Innovation, as well as taking a deeper step into the Caterham-owned GP2 team and the new Arden Caterham Formula Renault 3.5 squad. “My new role will now give me the chance to help drive value across the whole group through the creation and delivery of new projects in all More…

Posted on February 17, 2012


Caterham has this morning announced that Lotus Renault exile Vitaly Petrov has replaced Italian veteran Jarno Trulli in its race line-up for 2012, appearing to effectively put an end to the latter’s 15-year Formula 1 career. Speculation had been doing the rounds for weeks suggesting that Trulli’s position was not as secure as the contract renewal the team announced it had signed with the 37-year-old former Renault and Toyota driver had initially appeared last September. With Petrov having been released by Renault/Lotus following two seasons at the end of last year in favour of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, the More…

Posted on February 4, 2012


More than three years on from his last appearance behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car, and Dutchman Giedo van der Garde has been handed his biggest chance at motorsport’s top level yet after Caterham announced him as its reserve driver for 2012. The Tony Fernandes-owned team says the 26-year-old, who last year finished fifth in the GP2 Series, will make his debut for the squad in the forthcoming pre-season tests and then, like his predecessors in the role Fairuz Fauzy and Karun Chandhok, will “take part in a number” of Friday morning practice sessions during the course of More…

Posted on January 27, 2012


The new-look Caterham F1 squad has taken great pride from becoming the first team to show off its new car for the 2012 season this week and at its factory on Friday completed another important stage of the CT01’s birth – the symbolic first fire-up of the engine. From the outside this could seem like a trivial task given the months of design and development work that go into a Formula 1 car’s conception, but Caterham explained why the maiden fire-up of the Renault Sport engine in the new chassis was an important moment. “Firing up the engine for the More…

Posted on January 26, 2012


Caterham team boss Tony Fernandes says his squad prepares to enter the new season “light years ahead” of where it started in Formula 1 two years ago, and must now look to score points for the first time. A day on from issuing a teaser shot of the new CT01, the outfit formerly known as Lotus on Thursday officially became the first Formula 1 team to unveil a 2012 challenger via the front cover of F1 Racing magazine and on its own website. Steady improvement has characterised the squad’s first two seasons in the sport but technical stability under Mike More…

Posted on January 25, 2012


The Caterham F1 Team has today unveiled a teaser photo its 2012 season challenger, the CT01, a day ahead of the planned release in F1 Racing magazine. Caterham had intended to showcase their car, the first since the name change from Team Lotus, on the cover of F1 Racing magazine, which is released on Thursday. However at midday UK time, the team posted an image of this years car on its official Twitter feed with more images set to be published on Caterham’s website tomorrow, along with some thoughts from technical boss Mike Gascoyne and team boss Tony Fernandes. The More…

Posted on January 18, 2012


Caterham F1 Team and its GP2 team Caterham Racing have today confirmed their long rumoured move to a new factory, closer to F1′s Silicon Valley of Oxfordshire. They are proposing to move from their Norfolk based operation to Leafield, in August 2012, although some areas of the business will stay in Norfolk. As the Caterham Group looks to expand, Team Principal Tony Fernandes believes that housing both racing teams and Caterham’s road car operation together will help the group to grow as a whole. “Acquiring Caterham Cars and establishing the wider Caterham Group, it became clear that we needed to More…

Posted on December 18, 2011


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 More…

Posted on December 14, 2011


John Iley has today been confirmed as the Team Lotus Performance Director. The teams name change to Caterham F1 Team will be confirmed on December 14th and the move from McLaren will see Iley rejoin his former Jordan and Renault F1 colleague Mike Gascoyne at the newly named squad. Iley’s new title will see him take control of all aerodynamics and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) aspects of development heading into the new year and the pre-season tests. Having worked at both Ferrari and McLaren, Iley brings even more experience to Lotus’ growing roster of accomplished personnel as the team looks More…



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