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Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kovalainen plays down Gascoyne's criticism

Heikki Kovalainen has rejected Caterham technical boss Mike Gascoyne's criticism. Gascoyne, former F1 stalwart and now the technical boss of the entire Caterham Group, said this week that Finn Kovalainen harmed his chances of staying in F1 due to his poor management team and a lack of respect as he tried to move up the grid in 2013. Kovalainen, 31, played down the comments. "I have always had a good relationship with him (Gascoyne)," he said, "and my relationship with him will continue even now. […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Van der Garde waiting for Caterham's decision

Giedo van der Garde is waiting to hear if he will be Charles Pic's teammate at Caterham in 2013. The Dutch GP2 driver completed the 2012 season as the Tony Fernandes-owned team's regular Friday and reserve driver, and is reportedly now in the running to replace either Heikki Kovalainen or Vitaly Petrov. But, although earlier tipped to run an all-pay-driver lineup for 2013, Caterham's financial situation has changed since the Interlagos finale, after Russian Petrov's eleventh place returned the team to the lucrative tenth spot […]

Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012

Charles Pic confirmed as Caterham driver

As reported several months ago, Charles Pic will join Caterham for 2013 and beyond. The French driver made his debut for Marussia this season, but will move across to Caterham for next year. "I am very proud to be able to confirm that I am joining Caterham F1 Team next year and I’m looking forward to many seasons of successful racing cooperation", he said. "I'm enthusiastic to have the opportunity to continue to grow in a team that has a technical relationship with a number […]

Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012

Caterham hints Pic in team's plans for future

Caterham's new boss Cyril Abiteboul has all but confirmed paddock speculation Charles Pic is set to arrive at the team from Marussia for 2013. And he said that would be part of the Tony Fernandes-owned team's new "three year plan". On the issue of Frenchman Pic joining Caterham, France's f1i.com quoted Abiteboul as saying: "This is a three year plan that we are working on, and there are still many factors that need to come together so that it is a reality. "But this project […]

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cyril Abiteboul promoted to team principal of Caterham

Caterham F1 Team has today confirmed that Cyril Abiteboul has been promoted to the role of Team Principal with immediate effect. He will combine that role with his current responsibilities as CEO, a post he took up in September 2012. Tony Fernandes, Caterham Group Chairman: “Having launched our partnership with Renault in Paris on Monday the plan Kamarudin and I formed over three years ago for our automotive interests has come to fruition. The strategy for the establishment and growth of Caterham Group has now […]

Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012

Lotus team to sell to 'Malaysian'

There are paddock rumours that F1 team Lotus' owner Genii may soon be sold. The German language Speed Week said it has heard that the likely buyer is from Malaysia. In 2010 and 2011, Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes' Caterham team was called Lotus, until a resolution was found to the F1 naming dispute with Group Lotus. And Group Lotus, no longer a sponsor of the Genii-owned Lotus team but still lending its name to the F1 squad, is owned by Malaysia's Proton and DRB-Hicom. Also […]

Posted on Friday, October 26, 2012

Kovalainen facing Caterham axe to pay-driver

Heikki Kovalainen has admitted it is possible he will lose his Caterham seat at the end of the season. Although the Finn is highly regarded by the Tony Fernandes-led team, Caterham is facing up to the prospect of losing millions in projected Concorde Agreement earnings, due to losing tenth place in the lucrative constructors' championship standings to Marussia. When asked specifically about his future, Kovalainen answered in India: "For our team it's quite important that we try to regain that tenth position back. "So, the […]

Posted on Friday, October 5, 2012

Kovalainen closer to new Caterham deal

Heikki Kovalainen now appears closer to staying with the Caterham team for 2013. Recently linked with a switch to Sauber or maybe even Lotus, the Finn's management - IMG Worldwide - also appeared to have fallen out with Caterham boss Tony Fernandes. But Kovalainen, 30, told the MTV3 broadcaster: "At the moment, we are talking about that with Caterham. "We had a good meeting with Tony, and all the problems that were developing are now ok. "Right at the moment I do not have any […]

Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012

Signs suggest Kovalainen's Caterham career ending

Heikki Kovalainen appears headed for the exit at Caterham. The Finn arrived at the 2010 startup with a battered image after his formative years with Renault and McLaren, but he is now linked with a move to a more competitive team for 2013. He has also been in talks with Caterham, but team boss Tony Fernandes said when asked about Kovalainen's future in Singapore: "Well, it's ... I don't know." Under the Singapore lights, Caterham lost its lucrative tenth place in the constructors' championship to […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Petrov's manager withdraws from 2013 F1 talks

Vitaly Petrov's Formula One career is in crisis, after his manager called off talks with prospective teams over a 2013 race seat. Oksana Kosachenko told the Russian news agency Ria Novosti that the former Renault and now Caterham driver's sponsorship funds have dried up. She said recently she was in talks about 2013 with three or four teams. "We've taken a timeout now," Kosachenko said on Tuesday. "I need time to consolidate all our financial possibilities and understand if there's sense in continuing any talks. […]

Posted on Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fernandes: We are reaching the promised land

Caterham F1 Team Press Release Tony Fernandes: "Over the last couple of races we deliberately stopped sending out press releases because, truthfully, we did not believe our performance was giving us anything worth reporting. However, today’s qualifying performance has begun to give me confidence that we are back on the path to the promised land of the midfield and we have another six races to continue to extract the pace that is in the upgrades we have put on the car. We put a lot […]

Posted on Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fernandes upset with Kovalainen's manager

Tony Fernandes has admitted to some frustration as he attempts to re-sign Finn Heikki Kovalainen for the 2013 season. The last three years with Caterham have restored the 30-year-old's reputation, and so his manager Martin Anayi has been hawking his talents to other teams. But when Kovalainen signed his first deal with Caterham chief Fernandes, he was managing his own affairs. He subsequently moved to the IMG Motorsport management stable. Kovalainen has reportedly been in talks with Sauber, Ferrari and Lotus. And talks with Caterham […]