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 leadership in a critical area of the team’s development and it is another sign of our shareholders’ ongoing commitment to our team’s growth that we have appointed someone of Hari’s calibre to the role of head of aerodynamics.
“We have also invested in such core areas as our dedicated model shop at Leafield, the ongoing development of our High Performance Cluster (HPC), which powers our CFD and design functions, and our driver in the loop simulator – all of which give us the tools needed to fight with the most famous names in motorsport in years to come.”
Roberts added that he believes the team have the potential to move up the grid.
He said: “Caterham F1 Team has the potential to grow into a serious force in Formula 1 and I am looking forward to playing an integral role in helping the team fulfil its potential.”