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Caterham: We won't deviate from 'the plan'

29 March 2013

Caterham team principal Cyril Abiteboul has said the squad has no plans to change its tactics for 2013, even though it now appears to have dropped behind fellow backmarkers, Marussia

Caterham have started the season with a hybrid car, and in Australia and Malaysia, it was Jules Bianchi that took the 'new' team honours with a 13th place finish at Sepang last Sunday and a 15th place finish in Melbourne, seven days earlier.

Charles Pic meanwhile has led the charge for Caterham, but both times he has finished one spot behind the Italian.

Despite that, however, Abiteboul is confident the team will progress and has said the updates planned for the coming races will help them improve.

“With the strategy we've employed for 2013 and in preparation for 2014 and beyond we knew the first few races of this season would be tough,” he conceded, “but we're not going to deviate from the plan.

“Even though we're running a hybrid car for the first three races we're still close to where we want to be and the updates we have coming will pay dividends.

“We have a long-term goal, one that is built around the whole group we are part of and one that is realistic, sustainable and which will see us right in the mix in the long run.”

Meanwhile, he also added that there were positives to take away from the first two grand's prix of 2013.

“Having both cars finish the first two races, including our home race in Malaysia, is a fair reward for the efforts the whole team has put in, considering where we are performance-wise at this stage of the season,” he continued.

“Both drivers again had very good starts [at Sepang] and they were running well for the first part of the race.

“Charles was an innocent victim at his first stop. That was a real shame as that seriously hit his chances of fighting against Bianchi. But the team reacted very well.

“I'm proud of the efforts everyone has put in Malaysia and in Melbourne, in races that we knew would be tough,” Abiteboul concluded.


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