Caterham unveils CT05 at Jerez

By on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Caterham has their 2014 challenger, the Renault powered CT05.

The team hopes that the CT05 will take Caterham to their first top 10 finish in a Formula 1 race as they approach their fifth year of competition.

The team has undergone changes over the winter break on the commercial side and the sporting division of the team.

2013 race drivers Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic have been let go in favour of Formula 1 returnee Kamui Kobayashi and rookie Marcus Ericsson.

The car made its debut midway through Tuesday afternoon on the first day of testing, in the hands of Ericsson.

The Swede then took the car out for a solitary lap before returning to the pits.

"I’m very proud to have completed my first lap as an F1 driver today, and want to thank everyone in the team for working so hard to get the car ready for day one in Jerez," said Ericsson.

"We’d planned to unveil it before the track opened this morning but put that back until later in the afternoon after a few problems with the final car assembly, but that was to be expected with so much new technology on the car."

"The reaction to the car has been huge – people either love it or hate it, but for me it’s not really important what it looks like as what counts is how quick it is. If it’s fast then I really don’t care if it’s the worst looking thing out there, if it’s slow but beautiful then what’s the point of that?"

"We obviously won’t know really where we are until qualifying in Australia, and one installation lap on day one isn’t going to tell us a lot about the car, but to have got that first lap out of the way and on to day two is a good feeling, and, for me, a positive way to start my life as an F1 driver."

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