Caterham to continue racing as sale is confirmed

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Caterham, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013Caterham will continue to compete in Formula One following the confirmation of its sale by Tony Fernandes.

A consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors has purchased the team, advised by former Colin Kolles. The former team principal’s most recently involvement in F1 was with HRT in 2012. He previously ran the Jordan team during its final season, and several of its successors.

Cyril Abiteboul, who has been in charge of the team since November 2012, has stepped down from his position. Ex-F1 driver Christijan Albers will run the team on a day-to-day basis.

Albers said the team’s target is to move up from last in the championship at present to tenth place before the end of the season.

“We are very committed to the future of the team and we will ensure that the team has the necessary resources to develop and grow and achieve everything it is capable of,” he said.

Caterham entered Formula One in 2010 when the team used the Lotus name. However rival team Renault also claimed the right to use the name, and the dispute was taken to the High Court. Although the court ruled in favour of Fernandes, in 2012 he rebranded his team as Caterham, leaving Renault to take over the Lotus name.

The team used Cosworth engines in its first season before switching to Renault power the following year. They were the most successful of the new teams that entered the sport in 2010, a feat they repeated in the next two seasons, but in 2013 they were beaten by Marussia (formerly Virgin).

Caterham are yet to score a point in the 86 races they have participated in under both their identities since 2010. They earned their highest finish to date in this year’s Monaco Grand Prix, where Marcus Ericsson finished 11th.

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48 comments on Caterham to continue racing as sale is confirmed

  1. David Not Coulthard (@davidnotcoulthard) said on 2nd July 2014, 17:31

    …Anyway, is it Quantum again?

  2. Caterham can, at the very least, take solace in the fact that both Albers and Kolles have tonnes of experience with backmarker teams.

  3. ElBasque (@elbasque) said on 3rd July 2014, 0:14

    I very much doubt they’ll get off the back of the grid by the end of the season. Its like trying to turn an oil tanker, you have to start miles before the port. Barring some high-attrition races they’ll be pootling at the back this year and next most likely.

    They need to see some of that gulf oil money diverted from ISIS to caterham, stat!

  4. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 3rd July 2014, 7:48

    Which national anthem will they need to have ready at Silverstone for when Caterham win a race?
    Still Malaysian?

  5. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 3rd July 2014, 9:46

    I’m surprised that people pan Kolles so much and idolize Fernandes. The latter also achieved nothing with his team (or any other sport-related venture for that matter), unless of course we treat big promises, ridiculous Lotus naming row and PR-stunts as actual achievements. People who talk a lot usually don’t do much. Not that I expect anything special from the new owner’s nominee Colin Kolles, I’m afraid he will lead Caterham to it’s bitter end, but I certainly won’t forget who failed miserably with Caterham from the very beginning and should be held responsible for the current state of affairs.

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