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Gascoyne: Time to move forwards

Mike Gascoyne says Caterham is keen to beat the established F1 teams in 2012
Mike Gascoyne insists the time has arrived for the Caterham F1 team to start beating the established outfits on a regular basis during the 2012 season.

In its final season as Team Lotus, the team managed to beat some of the more established teams – such as Williams and Renault – on a number of occasions en-route to tenth place in the championship standings.

Now, in the first year for the Caterham name in F1, Gascoyne insisted the aims were clear.

“We've finished the championship in tenth place two years running and that puts us on a sound financial footing,” he said in the final Team Lotus Notes. “We are now an established Formula 1 team. I think, with the announcements we've made about corporate developments and the new partners we have, we are showing we are a really serious outfit, so now it's time to take the fight to more established teams and start beating them.”

Gascoyne added that dropping the Lotus name after the much-discussed argument over usage of the title would also give the team the chance to build its own identity in the sport.

“We've always been a proper racing team but we were one constrained by the limitations of being a new team,” he began to sum up. “Now, though, it's time to move on. We've established ourselves and it's now time to get on with beating the opposition. We've got our name, we've got our identity and now we'll get out there and go racing.”


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stevyweavy - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 11:51 AM

So what. If they do the business and start moving up the grid and truly compete with the established teams who really cares. Surely true F1 fans want to see as much competition between teams as possible. Mercedes basically bought the Honda team and staff via Brawn and called it Mercedes - where's the history in that and they have so far gone backwards and that was with buying an established team and infrastructure - Team Lotus / Caterham F1 started from nothing - if they both start getting relative success I know who should get the biggest round of applause. If and that is a big if they do start competing seriously and this brings more publicity to Caterham sports cars then the F1 team has a car related brand name, the British sports car flourishes and everybody wins.

KJJ - Unregistered

December 17, 2011 12:08 PM

Most fans have a favourite team, but besides that fans and casual viewers alike love to see the 'small guy' do well. If Caterham do well it will put a smile on a lot of faces. The history of a name is as important to some people as their actual history in the sport. Nationality is another basis of supporting a team/drivers. We all know that team personnel(obviously including drivers) move teams and the same can be said with names associated with teams(of people and their facilities). The name gives something for fans to latch onto, for the reasons above, and for what the name represents. I, for one, will be happy for the people in the team called Caterham, if they do well next season, because they represent the underdog and will have earnt their position from a low starting point.



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