Caterham came up short in its bid to usurp Marussia from tenth place in the F1 constructors' championship, but hopes to make amends next season.

The Leafield team has made no secret of the decision to throw its weight behind the development of next season's car, and recently became the first to submit a chassis for mandatory FIA crash testing, determined not to repeat the slow start to blame for missing out on prize money for the first time in its short F1 existence.

Still developing its CT04 over the opening few races of the 2013 campaign allowed Marussia to steal a march in terms of results, and 13th position for Jules Bianchi in Malaysia remained a place too far for Caterham, as it recorded a string of 14ths over the remainder of the season, but couldn't quite get on terms with its rival. Still needing to at least equal Marussia's best at the season finale in Brazil, Caterham again came up short, with Charles Pic retiring from 17th place, and a penalised Giedo van der Garde finding himself sandwiched between the two Marussias.

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"It's obviously disappointing to finish the season like this, and to end in eleventh place in the championship," team principal Cyril Abiteboul admitted, "We started with last year's car, which was slower than our rivals for the first three races, and it was in the second race in Malaysia that we lost the tenth place that we then ended up chasing all year.

"It's particularly frustrating because our development strategy paid dividends in terms of outright pace from Bahrain onwards, but we had to balance our 2013 campaign against the need to focus on 2014 and that was always going to be a challenge."

With the work that has already gone into 2014's car, Abiteboul issued a defiant warning to Marussia and the rest of the F1 field.

"We have experienced people in every department and a lot of young talent throughout the team, on track and at Leafield, and everyone in the team needs to be thanked for their hard work throughout 2013," he noted.

"Our shareholders and our partners have continued to support us unequivocally and the investments they continue to make, in infrastructure, resources and, most importantly, people, put us in a good position for the future. Now we'll regroup, recharge and come back fighting in 2014 in an all new F1."

Although van der Garde got as high as 14th during the pit-stop windows, neither driver was in position to wrest championship position away from Marussia as misfortune struck late at Interlagos.

"We put in a long first stint on the mediums with one eye on the rain that could have come, and boxed on lap 25 for another set of options, coming out clear of Bianchi which was obviously the first target," Pic reported, "My pace in the second stint was good - the car felt great and Giedo and I switched positions just after the halfway mark as I was on a different strategy and pace to him at that point.

"My lap-times on that second set were good - running in the 1.18s which was close most of the midfield - but, at that point, it was all about hanging on to see if the rain would come. The tyres held up really well and I was in 17th when the rain was just starting to fall a little more heavily, but then, on lap 58, there was a suspension problem on the car and that was the end of the race for me. It's obviously a real shame that my race ended like that as the plan was working well and, if the rain had fallen harder, we'd have been in a really strong position, but sometimes it's like that."

van der Garde, meanwhile, was frustrated to have been punished for ignoring blue flags while being lapped by the frontrunners - a decision which left him between Bianchi and Max Chilton at the end of the race.

"The car felt good [early on], so I was past [Bianchi] and immediately put clear air between me and him, pushing on to [Heikki] Kovalainen ahead in the Lotus," the Dutchman related, "We went until lap 24 on the first set, at one point running as high as 14th, but the main aim was to put a gap between us and the Marussias and, when I rejoined, we had the gap up to about seven seconds.

"My second set of mediums started to go off but, with the possibility of more rain coming, we had to stay out. We were still pulling away from Bianchi, which meant we were covering his plan, but it was a struggle to keep up the pace we needed on those tyres as they were pretty much gone by lap 42. [After switching to] the primes, I came out ahead of Bianchi again, but had to serve a drive-thru' a few laps later, which put me about 15 seconds behind him. I closed the gap a lot, down to seven seconds by lap 65, but that was as close as I could get."