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F1 Japanese Grand Prix: New front wing for Caterham

Caterham continue developing the CT05 and will have a new front wing for the 2014 F1 Japanese Grand Prix
The Caterham F1 team will take a new front wing to Suzuka next week for the Japanese Grand Prix.

The developments follow those that were made for the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August – with a new nose the most notable change.

“Working hard before Japan, where we will be bringing a new front wing,” the team tweeted, along with a picture (see below).

Meanwhile, new team principal Manfredi Ravetto has reiterated that the squad hasn't given up on taking tenth place in the Constructors' Championship.

“We are currently trying to keep developing our current car. We want to introduce some more new bits and pieces because the tenth place in the Constructors' Championship is our focus,” he told the official F1 website.

“P10 is of highest importance to us - but it is not vital,” he added. “We have a plan in place regardless of the place, as we want to give the company a future.

“We have restructured the technical department and put it under the control of John Iley and his staff, which was not the case before we arrived. And it already shows very interesting data.”

He also added that Caterham was on the brink before the takeover on the eve of the British Grand Prix, when a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors - advised by former F1 team principal Colin Kolles – bought the team from Tony Fernandes.

“My feeling is that with the previous owners having already pulled the plug in a quite evident way, the team did not believe anymore that they would race at Silverstone,” Ravetto continued. “There is some additional evidence for that. But not only did we manage to race at Silverstone, we also did the test at Silverstone and made it to Singapore.

“In the meantime we have also made some significant improvements to the car - some significant improvements in terms of restructuring - and we keep fighting. But I would like to be clear: we take it as it comes. We are very relaxed. I think we have done a small miracle to bring it to where it is. I think we also did a small miracle by improving the performance and being ahead of Marussia in terms of speed and very close to Lotus and Sauber. We are set to deliver miracles!”

Caterham is yet to confirm its driver line-up for the Japanese Grand Prix, with former Suzuka podium winner Kamui Kobayashi's seat still seemingly under threat despite the huge support he is likely to receive from the partisan crowd.

by Rob Wilkins

Related Pictures

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21.09.2014 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
20.09.2014 - Free Practice 3, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
21.09.2014 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Caterham F1 Team CT-04 leads Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
05.04.2014- Caterham Frontal Wing
18.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Caterham F1 Team CT-04
21.09.2014 - Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Caterham F1 Team CT-04 retires from the race

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September 27, 2014 2:12 PM

107SS2009: Those unknown men in suites possibly administrators who are said to have visited Leafield on Thursday and removed the 2 2013 cars must have calculated that this front wing was worthless.
Unknown men in suites? Were they from Furniture Village?


September 27, 2014 3:22 PM

I have a hard time understanding why they would want anyone else besides Kobayashi in the seat. Not only a home crowd, yet new and potentially beneficial parts on the car. Kobayashi would be the charge to extract as much potential from it. Hopefully, luck provides if sense does not.

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