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 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 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 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 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 June 19, 2012


Caterham Group, the parent company of Caterham Cars and Caterham F1 Team have appointed Graham Macdonald as their new CEO of Caterham Cars. The appointment sees Macdonald move from his position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Cars department following the departure of former CEO Ansar Ali by mutual consent. Macdonald and Ali have worked together through the rebuilding of the Caterham Group, making Caterham Cars a prominent part of the group following a management buy-out in 2005. During his time Ali was able to rejuvenate the historic spirit of innovation within the group and bring back the legendary 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 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 9, 2012


Pre season testing is concluded, the new season is about to start and the signs are that the Caterham team has closed the gap to the midfield runners down to around half a second per lap; potentially close enough to race them. And Caterham F1 team boss Tony Fernandes believes that the team is ready to kick on in other ways, including the way it presents itself. Speaking in the team’s e-zine Caterham Notes he said that he sees his team having a “good and strong” 2012. Fernandes was born in the Chinese year of the Dragon, and with this 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 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 November 9, 2011


Group Lotus, Proton, 1Malaysia Racing Team and the current Team Lotus have announced today that the legal dispute surrounding the names of Team Lotus and Renault Lotus is now officially over. As of 2012, Team Lotus will become Caterham F1 Team and Lotus Renault will be rebranded purely as Lotus. Through the settlement, the “Lotus” brand has been re-established under the sole ownership of “Group Lotus”, which includes the use of the name throughout Formula One. This means that any relations between Tony Fernandes and Group Lotus has come to an end. The 1Malaysia Racing Team (1MRT), which is owned More…

Posted on December 16, 2010


Tony Fernandes has reacted angrily to comments made at a media briefing yesterday by Group Lotus CEO Danny Bahar and has said that there is now no chance of a deal being struck between the shareholders of his 1 Malaysia operation and Group Lotus, which is owned by Proton. Speaking to me on the phone from Manila this morning he said of Bahar’s allegation that his demands for a deal were three times the cost of the Renault sponsorship, “It’s just not true. I can confirm categorically that there was never an offer in any written form and certainly nothing More…

Posted on September 27, 2010


The row over the use of the Lotus brand in F1 has been bubbling under the surface for a long time and today it went public. Proton, the owner of Group Lotus, which makes road cars said that the F1 team had no rights to use the name Lotus. This followed an announcement at the weekend that Tony Fernandes’s Lotus F1 team had acquired the rights to the Team Lotus name from David Hunt, who has owned it since 1994. From next season Tony Fernandes’ outfit will be called Team Lotus. He has made this move in order to bring More…



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