|Team||Caterham F1 Team|
|Power Unit||Renault Sport Energy F1-201|
Caterham F1 Team
A YEAR OF CHANGE
It would be fair to say that the 2013 fell below the expectations of both the Caterham team and its founder and principal shareholder, the Malaysian Air Asia entrepreneur Tony Fernandes. As with his football team, Queen’s Park Rangers in the English Premier League, it seemed no amount of effort could lift the team off the bottom of the table.
The team made its debut carrying the title Team Lotus in 2010. Since that time, the distinctive green and yellow paint scheme has remained unchanged but in 2012 the team changed its name and branding to Caterham, following Fernandes acquisition of the British sports car manufacturer of the same name.
The Caterham Group also moved from its original headquarters at Hingham in Norfolk to the Leafield Technical Centre in Oxfordshire, England. The impressive new headquarters is also home to a range of high-tech industries that Caterham has spun off from its Formula One™ expertise, serving areas such as the aerospace industry.
Last season however saw Caterham drivers Guido van de Garde and Charles Pic race hard, but the Caterham CT04 slipped back behind perennial rivals Marussia in the early races. A series of updates helped bring them back on terms by the end of the season, but as neither team scored championship points, Marussia’s better early-season performance led to their finish above them in the title standings.
In addition to the technical changes common to all teams for the 2014 season, significant changes have been made throughout Caterham, with the arrival of new technical staff over the past two years expected to add new competitiveness to the CT-05 car. In addition, there is a totally new driver line-up with the experienced former Toyota and Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi of Japan lining up alongside Swedish rookie, former GP2 race winner Marcus Ericsson. A year of change indeed.