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Posted on Friday, September 5, 2014

Merhi 'ready' if Singapore call comes

Roberto Merhi says he would be 'ready' if Caterham opted to hand him his Formula 1 debut at the Singapore Grand Prix. Merhi tested a Formula 1 car for the first time when he participated in practice at Monza, where he set the 22nd fastest time and edged out Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson. While Merhi has now handed control of the CT05 to Kamui Kobayashi for the remainder of the weekend, Formula Renault 3.5 frontrunner Merhi says he would be ready if Caterham called him […]

Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014

Kobayashi dissatisfied with Caterham situation

Kamui Kobayashi expressed his frustration with regards to his situation at Caterham. Kobayashi raced in the first half of the season but was dropped for the Belgian Grand Prix as Caterham opted to give Andre Lotterer a race seat. Kobayashi will nonetheless race for Caterham this weekend, although he was only informed of the decision on Wednesday while he was still in his native Japan. "It's not an easy situation," he is quoted by Autosport. "I am here for the sport of racing, but looking […]

Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014

Kobayashi to make return at Monza

Kamui Kobayashi will return to the cockpit of the Caterham CT05 for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix, although he will not run in the first practice session with the team opting to give Roberto Merhi a run. Kobayashi missed the Belgian Grand Prix after Caterham decided to give Andre Lotterer his Formula 1 debut, but the Japanese racer will return to a race seat for Monza, alongside Marcus Ericsson. "I am working for Caterham and I always respect team decisions," said Kobayashi. "Now I am […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lotterer could return for Caterham at Monza

Mere days before the Italian grand prix, the identity of Caterham's second race driver is still unclear. Reports from Japan suggest Kamui Kobayashi will definitely not be back at the wheel of the car at Monza, having already sat out Spa-Francorchamps. After reigning Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer and his sponsor Hype filled in at Spa, it was expected that Spanish rookie Roberto Merhi and his Russian backers had now put up the rumoured EUR 300,000 for the Monza seat this weekend. But new speculation […]

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lotterer hails 'amazing weekend' despite retirement

Andre Lotterer hailed an 'amazing weekend' despite having to retire from the Belgian Grand Prix on the second lap. Lotterer, making his Formula 1 debut with Caterham, qualified in 21st position but suffered a sudden power loss and had to retire the CT05. "I didn’t even get the chance to sweat unfortunately," he said. "I was really looking forward to a good race and I had a good start, but then I went a bit wide at turn 17 and there was a sudden loss […]

Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lotterer upbeat over debut qualifying run

Andre Lotterer expressed his satisfaction after qualifying in 21st place for his maiden Formula 1 race in Belgium. Lotterer, who joined the team earlier in the week, managed to set a time almost a second faster than Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson. "This is definitely a speedy way of learning how to drive an F1 car! Yesterday was dry while today was wet, so all this is now covered and I know exactly what to expect in both those conditions," he said. "I think it was […]

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lotterer: Don't expect too much from me!

Formula 1 debutant Andre Lotterer has played down expectations as he prepares for the Belgian Grand Prix weekend with Caterham. Lotterer, who confirmed that he has been in contact with Caterham for the past three weeks, will replace Kamui Kobayashi at the team for this weekend's race, as Caterham prepares to introduce a raft of upgrades to its CT05. Lotterer, a three-time Le Mans winner, says people shouldn't expect too much from him. "The reason I feel ready for it is I still race Super […]

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ericsson hopeful of step forward

Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson says the squad is targeting a step forward at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix as the team prepares to fit a large upgrade package to the CT05. Ericsson, who will be joined at the team this weekend by new signing Andre Lotterer, has endured a challenging rookie season, with progress on the CT05 stalling until new owners were confirmed. This weekend Caterham will be introducing a raft of upgrades to the CT05, which they hope will vault them into contention for […]

Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lotterer gets Caterham seat for Spa

Caterham has confirmed that three-time Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer will make his Formula 1 debut at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. Lotterer, who won the prestigious 24 hour race in 2011, 2012 and 2014, will replace Kamui Kobayashi at the squad for the race at Spa Francorchamps. "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take part in a Formula 1 race weekend – I want to thank Caterham F1 Team for this chance," said Lotterer. "I'm ready for this challenge and I […]

Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014

Ravetto confirms new nose for Caterham at Spa

New team deputy Manfredi Ravetto has confirmed Caterham will debut a new nose at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix. After founder Tony Fernandes' exit and the new management's ousting of 40 staff, the struggling backmarker team pressed the throttle on a development push in the hope of re-capturing the lucrative tenth in the constructors' championship. The first fruits of that effort, involving a wind tunnel programme at Toyota's Cologne facility, includes a new nose to replace the unique and unseemly 'double' nose at the front […]

Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kobayashi: New owners saved Caterham

Kamui Kobayashi says that Caterham was unlikely to finish the 2014 season, had the squad not been taken over. Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, who started the operation at the end of 2009, sold the team to a group of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors prior to the British Grand Prix at the start of this month. Kobayashi believes that while Caterham still faces an uphill task, the sale of the team was the right move. "I was quite [surprised] having these changes during the season […]

Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Giovesi joins Caterham development programme

AutoGP racer Kevin Giovesi has become the newest member of the Caterham driver development programme. Giovesi, 20, is currently in fourth place in the AutoGP standings and previously raced in Italian Formula Three. Giovesi is the second member of the newly formed programme, with GP2 racer Nathanael Berthon having joined earlier this month. A Caterham statement explained that the programme 'gives up and coming drivers the opportunity to embed themselves in the F1 team’s operations at Leafield Technical Centre and on track, and to gain […]