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Abiteboul: Resources will limit Caterham development

“It's fair to say our last race in Canada was disappointing, but looking at the season overall we're probably about where we thought we would be - but that does not mean that we are where we want to be!

“We started the season with a hybrid 2012/2013 car which we'd always planned to use for the first four races. We were able to bring forward some of the 2013 package to Bahrain and saw an immediate improvement there, and then again another step forward in Spain when both cars had additional 2013 parts. Unfortunately, as Giedo [van der Garde] was racing right in the midfield, Spain also saw our first DNF for 15 races, and that continued to Monaco where we had the positive experience of Q2 for the first time in 2013, but then balanced that with a first lap nose change for Giedo and a DNF for Charles [Pic]. Had neither of those happened, even if it is impossible to predict where we would have finished, I think we'd be looking at Canada as a glitch, not the continuation of a run of relatively poor form.

“The simple truth is 2013 was always going to be a tough season, but we are confident we can deliver what we have wanted since the start of the year, which is a clear positive trend towards reducing the gap to the midfield.”



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ZEDX

June 17, 2013 10:43 PM

Same old story trotted out. I've said it before, but I think Caterham should withdraw gracefully from F1 & GP2, and put their resources (as they are) into a decent sportscar programme. They have done a deal in that arena already, so maybe someone at Caterham has read my posts!!??



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