F1 » Still work to do for 'tigerish' Caterham

Tony Fernandes insists that Caterham F1 is still on target to achieve its goals despite a sluggish start to 2012.

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March 29, 2012 12:48 PM

Have they really improved? The midfield appears to have bunched up leaving them even more isolated as the leaders of the backmarkers. Might need to wait untill the Spanish GP for a hint!

rjbetty - Unregistered

March 29, 2012 12:57 PM

Bravo Caterham! Yeah they have defintely improved. They seem to be no more than 3sec off pole, maybe more like 2.5 or 2sec. That is a very good improvement. Unfortunately, many teams ahead have made quite big leaps too, so it makes it look like Caterham are still slow. I totally believe in them and think people on here should give them a break!

Also, I think Petrov is doing really well - even better than Jarno it seems! And he hasn't put a foot wrong that I can see.

nick - Unregistered

March 29, 2012 1:20 PM

Just more of the same from Caterham, predictions that never materialise They have good PR but that doesn't score points on the track that is. Last season and before this season the said they would be up challenging Sauber, Force India and Williams, well after just 2 races they have been left in the dust I would not expect them to ever overhaul these teams for the rest of the season. All three seemed to have upped their game enormously. But I do expect HRT and Marussia to start pushing Caterham. With FI and Marussia complaining to the FIA that they used FI designs this could turn out to be the season from hell just imagine if they got a McLaren type sanction.

stevyweavy - Unregistered

March 29, 2012 4:17 PM

zero points again for the third year in a row will have to go down as a failure this year. So they had better find some extra pace from somewhere or pray for some major calamities ahead of them. Personally I think the latter is most likely their best bet unfortunately. The drivers don't seem to be the problem which leaves the car.


March 29, 2012 4:37 PM

I read somewhere Caterham may be fined or force to quit F1 due to Aerolab and F india controversial. If Caterham/T Lotus use F-india Car Design TLotus should had score point and competitive. Its sickening to see Caterham a serious contender in F1 amongst teams spending a lot of money and hiring new staff leaving F1..It should be the useless HRT and Virgin teams to go ..

Alex - Unregistered

March 29, 2012 7:54 PM

V6 If Caterham used copied parts from Force India they deserve to get the same punishment as Mclaren a big fine, why should HRT or Marussia have to go. It could be argued Caterham only finished in front of them because they cheated using FI parts, in fact thats what Marussia has put to the FIA.

I would like Fernandes to explain what teams they were lapping with same times in Malaysia. The trouble with the pace his team has found over the winter the teams in front have found more and have all scored points in just 2 races.

Just goes to prove how useless Gascoyne is even with copied parts he still created a pile of cr@p He will have to go or Fernandes will be seen as part of this scam.


March 30, 2012 7:25 AM

Saying they did lap times similar to the teams ahead isn't really true either. Yes, their fastest laps are close to those of two other drivers - both of which had technical issues that actually forced them to retire before the end of the race. Nice to know your car is as fast as a broken Sauber or Williams eh? AFAIC they suck, and I find this PR crap really annoying by now.

Tony is talking like they are the best thing since sliced bread, yet they are still in almost exactly the same position where they started. He's been talking about challenging the midfield for three years, and by now it's almost as if that's regarded as an achievement in its own right.

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