To be perfectly honest, I’d be surprised if Caterham doesn’t manage at least one point next year. HRT might make the points in a very chaotic race somewhere in the next two years. Only Marussia will propably remain … wait for it … pointless! Dohohohoho.
I, too, could see Caterham have a chance at nabbing points some time this year. Though, honestly, it’s tough to say until qualifying at Australia. We don’t know how much closer they’ll be and if they’re still trailing the midfielders, it’ll take a lucky break. If they’re finally caught them, then yeah, they could easily sneak in a 10th place.
I hope that Caterham gets a/some points this season. Of all the 3 teams, they deserve it more (my opinion) as they seem to be the most serious about it. *IF* they can make a car thats competitve, then its plausable. If theres another race like Canada last season, with wetweather mayhem, then its more then possible. So, yes I think Caterham can score then year. Im less optimistic about Marussia and even less about HRT.
Caterham should score points in 2012, maybe not regularly, but they should be where Williams were in 2011.
I think the future is bright for Marussia, they will get up eventually, they just had a duff car in 2011. A design team that doesn’t only rely on CFD, and Pat Symonds watching over them, 2012 could be much better.
HRT is going to be at the back again in 2012, there are just too many inconsistensies in the team, they have yet even to use a driver for a full season. They are also in the process of moving the entire factory to spain. De la Rosa is not a very exciting prospect either. HRT is destined to race the 107% rule again.
I’m going to go with the consensus of opinion and say Caterham as well. I don’t believe they will be in a position to be regularly in the points but if they get lucky with a safety car and a high attrition rate, possibly.
I would say their fate at the moment regarding points largely depends on what Williams produce to dig themselves out of the mire and how the new guys work out at STR. STR were pretty much bottom of the pile before the three new additions in 2010 and given their development programme I doubt their two drivers will be bolting out of the gates come Melbourne.
I have to disagree with most everyone here! I believe Caterham has absolutely the worst lineup possible. They shouldn’t score any more points than they did last year with Lotus. It all depends on de la Rosa – he should score some points with HRT. Marussia will remain, as Klon said… pointless.