“Within the Academy, we have an environment that gives young drivers a clear path from the junior racing series right up to F1. However, equally importantly, we're arming them with all the attributes required of drivers in the modern era – mental and physical preparation, direct exposure to F1 and, importantly for all drivers, financial assistance.
“For the team itself, the Academy programme is also driven by our ongoing search for our future line-up and having investments in a number of drivers gives us a range of options for the future. We've designed the Academy structure so it can be easily replicated, allowing us to support local talent in key markets for us and our partners anywhere in the world. It is not a rigid format, but one that allows us to adapt to meet local opportunities, both in terms of talent and feeder series, an important factor in the constantly changing global motorsport landscape.”
From just two drivers for the 2010 season, Alexander Rossi and Matt Parry, the Academy now has six 'stars of the future' on the books, with the original members being joined by GP2 racer Sergio Canamasas, Formula Renault Eurocup driver Aurelien Panis, Formula Renault BARC's Weiron Tan and KF3 karting hopeful Daim Hishamuddin.
“The Caterham Racing Academy is a sign of our commitment to developing the next generation of motorsport talent,” confirmed Mia Sharizman, the Academy's head and Caterham Racing team principal, “We're giving young drivers a clear route from junior formulae up to F1 and we are giving them first-hand experience of everything that goes into being a modern F1 driver. We are providing comprehensive training and financial support for our young drivers, and giving them direct access to our F1 facility, all of which adds up to an unrivalled support package for new talent.
“We've already created opportunities for young drivers to progress to the very top – look at Giedo van der Garde who's gone from GP2 in 2012 to F1 with us in 2013, and Alexander Rossi, who's combining his F1 team reserve driver role with GP2 and now Le Mans commitments for Caterham.
“Giedo and Alexander are proof of how serious we are about developing young talent. We already have an exciting list of Academy drivers for 2013 and are looking forward to seeing more new talent join us in the future to help them reach their true potential.”