Caterham is still focusing on the long game after a difficult start to the season, according to team principal Cyril Abiteboul.
Charles Pic’s 14th place in Malaysia is the team’s best result across the opening two races in 2013 and Caterham sits eleventh in the constructors’ championship.
But Abiteboul is adamant that his team will keep to their plans.
“Although the general reliability of the cars has been better than a number of bigger teams ahead, we’re still having to deal with a number of pretty intense situations that are affecting our ability to control the finer details of our races,” he said.
“[In Malaysia] we had issues with our intercom failing, which prevents communication between engineers, our telemetry froze at certain points and the timing software went down which meant we weren’t able to accurately map how the race was unfolding. These things go on behind the scenes and while they don’t directly affect the performance of the cars they don’t help, so we’ll make sure we have fixes for each of those in China.”
Abiteboul adds that Caterham always knew the opening few races would provide the team with a challenge.
“Overall, with the strategy we’ve employed for 2013 and in preparation for 2014 and beyond we knew the first few races of this season would be tough, but we’re not going to deviate from the plan.”
“Even though we’re running a hybrid car for the first three races we’re still close to where we want to be and the updates we have coming will pay dividends. We have a long-term goal, one that is built around the whole group we are part of and one that is realistic, sustainable and which will see us right in the mix in the long run.”