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Malaysia Caterham
Caterham F1 Team
Full Name Caterham F1 Team
Base Leafield Technical Centre

Leafield, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Founder(s) Malaysia Tony Fernandes
Noted Staff France Cyril Abiteboul

United Kingdom Mike Gascoyne

United Kingdom Mark Smith

Noted Drivers Finland Heikki Kovalainen

Russia Vitaly Petrov

France Charles Pic

Netherlands Giedo van der Garde

Formula One World Championship
Years Active 2012-2013
Debut 2012 Australian Grand Prix
Races Competed 39
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest Laps 0
Final race 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix

Caterham F1 Team is a Malaysian-owned Formula One team based in the United Kingdom. The team will compete as Caterham for the first time in the 2012 Formula One season, following the renaming of the outfit that raced as Team Lotus in 2011. This followed the acquisition of British sportscar manufacturer Caterham Cars by team principal Tony Fernandes, forming the Caterham Group.

OriginsEdit

Fernandes' team originally entered Formula One in 2010 as Lotus Racing, using the Lotus name under licence from Group Lotus. When Group Lotus' parent company Proton terminated the licence, Fernandes acquired the privately-owned Team Lotus name for use in the 2011 season. As Proton began legal proceedings against the team, Fernandes acquired Caterham Cars. In November 2011 the team applied to the Formula One commission to formally change their constructor name for the 2012 season from Lotus to Caterham, while Renault changed their name to Lotus. Permission was granted before being formally ratified at a meeting of the FIA World Motorsport Council. The team finished 10th in the Constructors Championship in 2011, with three 13th place finishes; two from Trulli, the other from Kovalainen.

Racing History: Formula OneEdit

2010'sEdit

2012Edit

Trulli and Kovalainen re-signed with the team, under its new guise of Caterham, for the 2012 season.

In January 2012, it was announced that the team would be moving to the Leafield Technical Centre in Leafield, Oxfordshire, the previous headquarters of both Arrows and Super Aguri F1 teams. The Caterham CT01 is the first car the team has built to run KERS. On 17 February, the team announced that Vitaly Petrov would replace Trulli alongside Kovalainen for the 2012 season.

Mark Smith took over pitwall operations from Group CTO Mike Gascoyne starting from the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Caterham car looked slower than expected at the beginning of the season, being outpaced by Marussia. However, Caterham quickly found pace through Kovalainen, who made it into Q2 for the Bahrain Grand Prix, eliminating Michael Schumacher in the process. At the Monaco Grand Prix, Kovalainen achieved a season's best thirteenth place, staving off Jenson Button (McLaren) until the latter spun trying to overtake him. Kovalainen again made it into the second part of qualifying, in Valencia, qualifying 16th for the race, after eliminating both Toro Rossos and title contender Mark Webber with the final lap of the first session. Caterham continued their good form into the race with both Kovalainen and Petrov running well until Kovalainen collided with Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne. The incident caused a safety car, but Kovalainen recovered to finish 14th behind Petrov, who managed the team's joint best finish in 13th.

The team then went on to secure 10th place in the Constructors' Championship, pipping Marussia at the final post, after a hard last race where Vitaly Petrov achieved a team record-breaking 11th place finish in front of Charles Pic while Kovalainen finished in 14th behind STR-Ferrari's Daniel Ricciardo.

2013Edit

On 23 November 2012, it was announced that Marussia driver Charles Pic signed a multi-year contract with the team and his team mate was rookie Giedo van der Garde. On 1 March 2013, the team announced that Alexander Rossi and Ma Qinghua would be its reserve drivers for the 2013 season.

On 17 April 2013, it was confirmed that the team had re-signed Heikki Kovalainen as a reserve driver (formal technical development role) in order to test their upgrades. Ma Qinghua consequently lost his reserve driver seat. At the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix, Giedo van der Garde achieved Caterham's best ever qualifying position with 14th place. Despite having a faster car than rivals Marussia, Caterham finished behind them in the Constructors' Championship finishing 11th.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Points WCC
2012 CT01 Renault RS27-2012 2.4 V8 P AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN EUR GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU USA BRA 0 10th
Finland Heikki Kovalainen Ret 18 23 17 16 13 18 14 17 19 17 17 14 15 15 17 18 13 18 14
Russia Vitaly Petrov Ret 16 18 16 17 Ret 19 13 DNS 16 19 14 15 19 17 16 17 16 17 11
2013 CT03 Renault RS27-2013 2.4 V8 P AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN KOR JPN IND ABU USA BRA 0 11th
France Charles Pic 16 14 16 17 17 Ret 18 15 17 15 Ret 17 19 14 18 Ret 19 20 Ret
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde 18 15 18 21 Ret 15 Ret 18 18 14 16 18 16 15 Ret Ret 18 19 18

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caterham_F1
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/caterham.aspx

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