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.”