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Behind the scenes with Caterham F1 at Magny Cours
Posted By: James Allen  |  09 May 2013   |  10:45 pm GMT  |  12 comments

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 with a hybrid car for the opening four races of the season, but at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, the team will race with their 2013 specification for the first time.

The upgraded CT03 broke cover in the video with the biggest visual change being the addition of a vanity panel to hide the stepped nose.

Caterham team principal Cyril Abiteboul said: “We brought some of the new package that is featured in ‘Access All Areas’ to the last race in Bahrain and that brought a small performance step.

“In addition to the rear wing that Charles raced in Bahrain, the most obvious visual change to the car is the addition of the vanity panel on its nose.

“We said when we launched our revised 2013 livery that we think we have one of the best looking cars, and the package we’re running from Spain is another step in that direction.

“But beyond the aesthetic, our sights will be on the lap times. We saw from the pace Charles had in qualifying and the race in Bahrain that the updates we brought to that race worked as we’d predicted.

“Now we have our 2013 base-line package completed we’ll aim to keep progressing from Spain and throughout the rest of the season.

“Now that our production facility is finally up and running in Leafield, we are in position to have new parts coming at every race this year, a programme we’re managing efficiently alongside the 2014 new car project.”




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At this stage of the season, I think we were expecting the team to be doing a bit better than what is currently happening. A story from Cyril Abetoul this week says the development has stalled due to the design limitations of the chassis (2011) along with development of the new design for next season. I think Mark Smith and the design team are doing a great job considering the budget and hopefully the continuing development “on the run” for the CT03 gives better results over the remainder of the season. Both drivers have given a good account of themselves generally =, with the occasional “gaff” eg: lost wheel Spain and Giedo brain fade in Canada-overall-I think the team is on the right track-and they have the best looking car by a mile!!


The signal to noise ratio at Caterham seems to get lower and lower. Not that they have had much of significance to talk about. Where things stand after the upgrades will be much clearer in about two hours.


Just watched the video and, sorry, but it seems totally pointless 🙁 I’ve been a huge fan of the team since it started so I really wanted them to do better this year and was very disappointed when Heikki wasn’t re-signed. Results so far this season and bringing him back show that they made a huge mistake in letting him go. They need to concentrate their efforts on the car and the racing, not waste time and effort on pointless bits of non-PR like this 🙁


“The upgraded CT03 broke cover in the video with the biggest visual change being…[WAIT FOR IT! WAIT FOR IT!]…the addition of a vanity panel to hide the stepped nose.”[OH!]…


Did we just spend time watching someone brush their teeth and have breakfast?

Nice looking car, Caterham, you owe me 5 minutes of my life back 🙂


Is Tony AWOL on the paddock nowadays? I don’t hear him in the news as much as before. Is he tired of drumming up support for “t”his hyped up team?

Time to deliver – understand that they are spending more of their limited resources on next year’s car – but, falling behind Marussia is NO EXCUSE.


I still can’t get used to the name Caterham in F1! Having done a couple of years racing in a Caterham 7 it takes a bit of getting used to a Caterham that doesn’t look like a Caterham! Hope the new car does a bit better for them.


Just need to get some good results, or even points now 🙂

Toby Starborg

How many filming days do teams get?

I’ve always wondered if they’re elaborate shakedown/testing days.



Thank goodness the nose has been finally “fixed”-looks like a proper F1 car now! Seriously, with the much vaunted upgrades should see the team start to consolidate performance gains and start to see the boys join the midfield battle-fingers crossed! Heiki back in the fold cannot be underestimated- the puzzle is starting to come together.


Good luck to Caterham. They deserve all the luck in the world for effort they put in alone.

Now that everything is up and running and regular upgrades have been promised, it’s time for the drivers to step up to the plate. There’s no better time to make your mark on the sport than now when all conditions are in place for success.

As for the documentary, interesting title that but I have my doubts whether all areas were given access taking into account the secretive nature of the sport.

Now with this having taken place in France, I guess this confirms Pic as the number 1 driver in the team.


It does look good, now will it move up the grid and fight for some points, show us what the drivers are made of, more TV coverage can only bring in more sponsors/ more money to compete with the midfield :))

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