Posted on January 28, 2014


Following this morning’s trio of car unveilings in Jerez, Caterham this afternoon rolled out their Renault powered CT05 Formula One, after morning teething problems saw a delay in proceedings. With rookie Marcus Ericsson at the wheel the team finally revealed their 2014 F1 challenger shortly after 3pm local time, with the car’s interesting front-nose assembly being the most notable feature. As can be seen above the radically shaped nose is almost flush with the leading edge of the front-wing, meaning no protrusion. However, unlike the cars we have seen so far there is a wide vanity panel beyond the forward More…

Posted on January 21, 2014


Caterham F1 have today announced Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson as their 2014 race drivers, and in doing so have completed this year’s Formula One grid. Ericsson will race with the number 9 and Kobayashi 10. The line-up has been expected in recent weeks with Kobayashi always on the verge of a race seat following his untimely exit at the end on 2012, when it seemed he had a budget in place to retain his seat at Sauber. However, the funding behind Esteban Gutierrez and the signing of Nico Hulkenberg left the popular Japanese driver looking elsewhere. After a year More…

Posted on November 1, 2013


Graham Macdonald has today been appointed as the new CEO of the Caterham Group, taking the reins from Riad Asmat and assuming responsibility over all arms of the group, including F1. Macdonald, previously CEO of Caterham Cars, will now oversee a range of aspects, including the Formula One team and Mike Gascoyne’s Technology and Composite departments. The Scotsman has taken charge at an exciting time for the Oxfordshire based group, with an array of ventures taking place across a broad range of markets. The introduction of a new Caterham road car and an SUV, paired with airline projects and a More…

Posted on October 9, 2013


Caterham F1 owner Tony Fernandes says it is “not essential” that his team beat Marussia and finish 10th in the constructors’ championship this season. There are 11 teams but prize-money is only awarded to the top 10 teams in the constructors’ championship. Caterham beat Marussia to 10th in the final race of the season last year, but currently trail their rivals in 2013 with five races remaining. “It’s not essential,” said Fernandes in October’s edition of the JA on F1 podcast. “I don’t think I’ll be able to raise enough to cover the payment. If we don’t, we don’t, we’ll More…

Posted on September 20, 2013


Caterham today launched a new road car project, the AeroSeven Concept at the Singapore Grand Prix as it pushes ahead with its ambition to build links between its F1 team and its road cars. The idea is for the first AeroSeven models to be delivered to customers at the end of 2014. This is not the car being developed in conjunction with Renault’s Alpine brand. That car is scheduled to be launched in 2016. This is a development of the existing Seven CSR platform. The car is powered by a two litre, Ford-derived 237hp engine, with a 0-100km/h time of More…

Posted on September 4, 2013


Welcome to the JA on F1 podcast for September. This month with the announcement that Red Bull are giving the big break at their championship winning team to 24 year old Daniel Ricciardo, we are going to look at opportunity in F1. In this edition we will hear from a woman making moves in F1 – Claire Williams has been given the opportunity to progress to the highest levels of team management and is now deputy team principal at Williams. She opens up to Holly Samos. Making moves on the track recently has been Caterham’s Guido van der Garde, who More…

Posted on September 4, 2013


Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde says Daniel Ricciardo’s promotion to Red Bull, along with Sergio Perez deal with McLaren, has given him hope of progressing up the ladder in Formula 1. Earlier this week, Red Bull announced that Ricciardo, who made his F1 debut with HRT at the 2011 British Grand Prix, would partner Sebastian Vettel at the team next year. And this season, Sergio Perez, who debuted with Sauber at the 2011 Australian Grand Prix, is racing alongside Jenson Button at McLaren as a replacement for Lewis Hamilton. Speaking in the latest edition of the JA on F1 podcast, More…

Posted on August 5, 2013


Caterham F1 Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul says that during a season of changeable fortunes, his outfit are already ahead of their 2014 targets and are setting their sites on an aggressive approach to catch the midfield. Speaking as part of Caterham’s Half-Term Report, the Frenchman discussed their season thus far and how their plans for the coming years are an exciting prospect. He believes that changes in both the aerodynamic and engine specifications taking place next year has encouraged a strong focus on taking an advantage in to the new-era of Formula One. “In parallel with the improvements we’re making More…

Posted on June 6, 2013


Caterham has launched a racing academy aimed at providing a path for young motorsport talent from junior formulae right up to Formula 1. The Caterham Racing Academy is an evolution of its driver development programme which started in 2010. It aims to provide a bespoke development plan for each driver that will cover every aspect of a modern day racing driver’s life. They will work on racecraft and engineering feedback, mental and physical training and media and sponsor relations. Crucially, the drivers will also receive financial support providing they meet their performance-based targets. The prize fund will make a contribution More…

Posted on June 3, 2013


Caterham will make its Le Mans 24 Hours debut later this month after linking up with the Greaves Motorsport LMP2 squad. Racing under the Caterham Motorsport banner, Caterham F1 reserve driver Alexander Rossi, 21, will join double LMP2 class-winner Tom Kimber-Smith and Eric Lux behind the wheel of the #41 Zytek Z11SN-Nissan in the LMP2 category for the race which takes place on the weekend of 22 and 23 June. Caterham Group technical officer Mike Gascoyne, who has worked for McLaren, Jordan and Renault, will lead a group of Caterham engineers, technicians and data analysts working on the project. Gascoyne said: More…

Posted on May 22, 2013


Caterham Group technical officer Mike Gascoyne is utilising his Formula 1 engineering knowledge to enter the world of ocean racing. The 50-year-old, who has worked for McLaren, Jordan and Renault, has already completed a solo transatlantic trip from Cascais to Grenada last year and now plans to increase his involvement on the water. Together with record-breaking round the world yachtsman Brian Thompson, Gascoyne plans to use F1 technology and logistics to encourage a greener and more sustainable future for offshore racing. Using the Technology & Innovation and Composites arms of the Caterham Group, Gascoyne and Thompson plan a two-year Caterham More…

Posted on May 9, 2013


Caterham has made a film entitled “Access All Areas” which gives a behind the scenes look at a day in the life of a Formula 1 team as well as revealing their upgraded 2013 car for the first time. Tony Fernandes’ team headed to France’s Magny Cours circuit to shoot the film, with race drivers Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde on hand to drive the car. It follows the team from waking up in the morning and heading to the venue to the drivers suiting up and heading out on track to test the car. Caterham has raced More…

Posted on May 2, 2013


Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi will get his first taste of the team’s 2013 Formula 1 challenger when he takes to the wheel in Friday’s first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix. The American was expected to drive the car on Friday morning in Bahrain, but a combination of Heikki Kovalainen returning to the team in a reserve role and Rossi getting a drive for the team’s GP2 outfit meant it didn’t happen. “Obviously the weekends that I’m not doing GP2 I’ll be looking to be drive the F1 car in Friday practice sessions and that will start in Montreal,” More…

Posted on April 17, 2013


Caterham F1 Team has announced a restructuring of its drivers with former racer Heikki Kovalainen coming back into the team, initially to drive in Friday morning practices at Grands Prix and to give technical feedback on Caterham’s new technical package due in Barcelona. Reserve driver Alexander Rossi will move over to race in GP2 for Caterham Racing, taking the seat of Ma Qing Hua. Kovalainen raced for Caterham for three seasons, but left the team at the end of 2012 as it took on two young drivers with budgets, Charles Pic and Guido van der Garde. Kovalainen’s presence will increase More…

Posted on March 25, 2013


Caterham team principal Cyril Abiteboul says he is happy with the team’s progress at this stage of the season after they scored a double-finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix. The Leafield-based team, who are already putting a lot of work into their 2014 machine, are running a hybrid car for the first three races, before introducing some updates in Bahrain. Charles Pic finished 14th, one place ahead of team-mate Giedo van der Garde in the team’s home race at Sepang. “Having both cars finish the first two races, including our home race in Malaysia, is a fair reward for the More…

Posted on February 5, 2013


Caterham Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul has said that his team’s focus over the winter has been on improving the infrastructure of the Leafield-based squad rather than putting significant time in to this years car, which was released today as testing began in Jerez. Abiteboul says that the CT03 is to be a work in progress throughout the year, with a B-spec machine planned for later on in the season. But the newly appointed team boss believes that they can still push themselves in to the midfield positions with a slightly updated version of last year’s car. “We cannot satisfy ourselves More…

Posted on November 23, 2012


On Friday morning in Brazil two more seats on the F1 grid for 2013 were resolved as Sauber confirmed the news which Sergio Perez let slip, that fellow Mexican Esteban Gutierrez, 21, would drive alongside Nico Hulkenberg. This leaves Kamui Kobayashi out on a limb. Meanwhile Caterham has hired 22 year old Charles Pic from Marussia F1 Team. The Frenchman has done a good job this year up against Timo Glock and also comes with a budget and strong French support. As Caterham strengthens its links with Renault, developing road cars and closer ties, Pic fits well in the picture. More…

Posted on September 23, 2012


Caterham F1 have announced this weekend that the current Deputy Managing Director of Renault Sport F1, Cyril Abiteboul, is to become the teams new CEO; taking control of all on and off track operations and reporting directly to Riad Asmat and Tony Fernandes. It is an interesting move which could also have wider implications for Caterham’s relationship with Renault on the road car side. Due to contractual commitments Abiteboul will remain in his role at Renault Sport F1 until January 2013, splitting his efforts between that and his new role at Caterham. Having been part of the Renault brand since More…

Posted on August 31, 2012


Caterham F1 have confirmed today that EADS, an aerospace and defence group, has joined the team as an official partner. This is one of those deals which don’t appear to mean much at first glance, but which on closer inspection is quite significant. It means that Caterham will be able to outsource a significant amount of CFD and use the computing power of EADS, which has a significant value. To pay for that capability in house would be many millions. EADS is a leader in aerospace, defence and related services; it owns the aircraft maker Airbus, and Astrium, a European More…

Posted on June 15, 2012


Veteran F1 engineer Mike Gascoyne has said that the FIA needs to impose a budget cap on F1 “for the good of the sport”. As the pressure intensifies for F1 to act on costs by the end of this month, so that a structure can be in place for the 2013 season, the last few days have seen interventions from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, calling for dramatic cost reductions and FIA president Jean Todt promising FIA action to do that. Speaking at the Cheltenham Science Festival yesterday evening in a talk on “Innovation in F1”, Gascoyne, the Caterham Chief More…

Posted on March 22, 2012


A judgement has come out in the Force India legal case against Caterham over alleged intellectual property theft – and both sides are claiming a win. Force India issued a statement this morning saying that the judge had found “Team Lotus (now known as Caterham) and Aerolab liable for copyright infringement and using confidential information respectively. Some parts created using Force India confidential information were used on the Team Lotus race cars in the early part of the 2010 season.” Force India has referred the judgement to the FIA, who fined McLaren $100 million for taking Ferrari Intellectual Property in More…

Posted on February 11, 2012


Caterham F1 will leave Jerez pleased with their efforts from this weeks first test, with technical boss Mike Gascoyne calling it “probably the best first test I have ever been involved in throughout my career.” In particular they will be happy with their overall reliability, completing 358 laps over the four days, and barring a minor problem with the starter on Tuesday the new CT-01 ran smoothly throughout the week. Jarno Trulli took over from Heikki Kovalainen and Giedo van der Garde to have his first taste of this years chassis, as well as getting to grips with KERS. “I More…

Posted on February 9, 2012


It has been announced today that Heikki Kovalainen has joined IMG Worldwide as his new management team, as well as being represented for all future commercial interests. At the same time, Kovalainen is testing the new Caterham CT01 in Jerez and believes that it is a big step closer to the midfield cars than was his 2011 model. The Caterham has full use of KERS for the first time and this alone is worth around 4/10ths of a second per lap. “Just looking the timesheets we’re closer than we’ve been before. We’ve done proper running, we haven’t done any show More…

Posted on February 7, 2012


As the first official pre-season test of 2012 kicked off today in Jerez Renault Sport F1 have been busy, adding a fourth team Williams to their roster of customer teams along with Caterham, Lotus and the works outfit, Red Bull. This year will see Renault’s 35th year of competition in Formula One, producing ten Constructors’ titles and nine driving titles, and they will be hoping that the RS27 will bring more glory with Red Bull this season. Having added another new team to their supply for two consecutive years Renault Sport will feel assured that they can continue to improve More…

Posted on January 19, 2012


Veteran Italian driver Jarno Trulli has today reacted to increasing rumours in F1 circles that his Caterham seat is under threat from Lotus Renault refugee Vitaly Petrov. The 37 year old has a firm contract for 2012, but has faced question marks about it since it was signed, with Daniel Ricciardo being linked with the drive at the end of last season. More recently Petrov, who brings backing from Russian sponsors, has been linked with the seat since he was dropped by LRGP. It is clear why someone like Petrov would appeal as he might offer similar levels of performance, More…

Posted on April 27, 2011


The consortium behind Team Lotus today confirmed that it has acquired the Caterham road car business. Team owner Tony Fernandes has indicated that “we will link the Formula 1 team and the car company close together. Then we will look at building technology links and marketing links.” He said that adding the road car platform to the F1 programme is where he wanted to be 12 months ago with Group Lotus, but that came unstuck due to a clash with Group Lotus CEO Dany Bahar. “Now it’s our baby and we will build from a solid base into something in More…



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