25 November 2013
Brazilian Grand Prix: Caterham disappointed but focus on 2014
Caterham vows to fight back after failing to dislodge Marussia from tenth place in the F1 constructors' standings for 2013.
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.
“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.
Click on relevant pic to enlarge
the conversation - Add your comment
Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.