Caterham team principal Cyril Abiteboul agrees with Tony Fernandes that there is no point in the team continuing without clear progress.

With the team yet to score a point in four seasons, Fernandes revealed on Tuesday that he is likely to walk away from Caterham if it does not show improvement this year. Fernandes said "If we're at the back, I don't think we're going to carry on," and, reacting to those comments, Abiteboul admits it is a fair threat to make.

"I think he's right!" Abiteboul said. "I think he's right; we should not lose sight that this is also a marketing activity and in order to promote a product you have to be relatively successful. You have to be seen, you have to be visible. In order to attract sponsors you have to be visible, and right now we are not.

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"Even just the challenge to keep the staff motivated ... so I appreciate it. I think that the message is a strong and not an easy message to get across because we have a responsibility to our 350 heads. But it's not saying that we would possibly stop as a company because there are plenty of other activities in the road car business and so on and so forth."

However, Abiteboul also said the team should take Fernandes' words as a motivator.

"I don't think we should develop [the threat] angle too much. I think the angle we need to focus on is that there is a level of competitiveness that we need to get to, and that should be seen as a motivation rather than a threat. Then it's up to me that we develop that and to make sure that the staff is together. That's why it took some time to get the driver line-up sorted out, because we know that this is the equation that we must sort out this year."