F1 » Progress crucial to Caterham future, says Fernandes

'If we're at the back, I don't think we're going to carry on' – Tony Fernandes

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January 21, 2014 3:43 PM

He's right about the cost aspect. It's been jawed on about forever, and nothing has happened. Either Todt does something, or he wipes the discussion off the table, and says get your cheque books out and go for it.
Chatterham's problems aren't only buget related though. They go far deeper I'm afraid. The technical aspect needs to be reviewed. Someone who claims to know what's cooking is telling stories. He has a long record of mediocracy, and nothing has changed since he's been on this watch. No names, no pack drill, but we all know who I mean,.


January 21, 2014 4:10 PM

What I want to know is: How can Stewart enter F1 as a new team in 1997 and be competitive (though unreliable) and none of the three new teams that have entered have seemed to make any real progress in the last 4 years?

Discounting that Caterham played safe in the first year, they have sourced the championship winning engine, added KERS etc, had god drivers (notwithstanding 2013). Marussia ok only had a Cosworth but had KERS last year and they are still fighting only each other.

What's the difference? personally I believe its aerodynamics, and possibly electronics. A 1997 car could be bit aerodynamically deficient and still be strong in some places as there wasn't the extreme reliance on aero that there is now. Now if you have a bit of a poor aero design, you're 2 seconds off the pace.

I don't think its helped by a lot of the modern designed tracks all being the same bar some of the oldies. Bring back the variety of tracks and maybe engine cylinder numbers. Remember in the early to m


January 22, 2014 12:35 PM

Another example of Indian (mis) management.
So you tell the team that if your don't achieve they are history?
OK, all the good guys will be looking for a new job and the best will always have other options.
What remains will under-perform and the result will be inevitable.

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