F1 » 5 June 2013
Caterham Racing Academy unveiled
Six drivers have been included on the roster of the revamped Caterham talent development scheme, including Alexander Rossi and Britain's Matt Parry.
The Caterham F1 Team has unveiled its 'new' Caterham Racing Academy, a driver development programme designed to provide a clear route to F1 for young motorsport talent from around the world.
Originally launched as the Caterham Driver Development Programme back in 2010, the scheme will give its selected drivers a clear path from the junior formulae right up to F1, with each participant working to a bespoke programme created to 'enable them to learn and develop in both practical and virtual motorsport environments'. The Academy drivers are given personalised development plans that cover every aspect of a modern racing driver's life, including detailed work on racecraft and engineering feedback, mental and physical training and media and sponsor relations, all designed to help them achieve their own potential.
Finance plays a key role in all forms of motorsport and all Caterham Racing Academy drivers have access to a performance target-based prize fund each season. This fund is designed to reward excellence against agreed targets and to provide part-funding for their progression into more senior formulae, helping them focus on their racing activities. The prize fund will make a contribution of between 10-50 per cent towards the drivers' seasonal costs, a substantial investment in an extremely competitive financial environment.
In addition to the financial rewards available, the Academy drivers are given exposure through the F1 team's digital and social media channels, and the right to compete in Caterham's distinctive green-and-yellow livery.
Each driver is embedded into the F1 team at selected races and tests throughout the season, providing a unique experience that gives them direct exposure to race weekend and test briefing / debrief sessions, track walks and media sessions, all helping them to prepare for the step up to the ultimate challenge of F1.
Meanwhile, the Leafield Technical Centre – home to both Caterham's F1 and GP2 teams - plays an important part in the Academy scheme as drivers have access to the cutting edge driver-in-the-loop simulator and the opportunity to bring sponsors and media to witness a modern F1 facility.
Finally, with physical and mental preparation playing a critical role in the performance of racing drivers at all levels, the Academy drivers will be given a bi-annual fitness evaluation by Pro Performance, one of the leading sports science consultancies worldwide and specialists in the elite preparation of racing drivers.
In future, the Academy will have direct links with Caterham Motorsport's karting and racing series, bringing together all forms of motorsport run under the Caterham name.
“Launching the revamped Caterham Racing Academy is a sign of how committed we are to helping develop new racing talent from around the world,” F1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul noted.
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