The paddock has been awash with rumours about the future of Caterham F1’s current driver line-up – Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen. Petrov because he’s been outclassed throughout the season by Kovalainen, and Kovalainen because the team is looking for drivers who bring more money. So it’s unclear from this morning’s announcement what this means for either driver’s future.
First and foremost the announcement by Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault this morning is ‘not’ to build the Alpine A110-50 Concept (as shown above). The feasibility of such a project is still far from proven, although we may see something similar in the years to come, or a design inspired by the Renault DeZir concept on which it was based.
If we’d asked twelve months ago who you knew of at Caterham, most people would probably have answered Ansar Ali, Tony Fernandes and Mike Gascoyne.
The small Yorkshire town of Garforth is a fairly unremarkable place. Once a thriving mining community, its proximity to the northern arterial network has long-since seen it merge into yet another commuter suburb of Leeds’ sprawling metropolis.
After the race series for the SP/300.R was canned due to poor sales and a general lack of interest, Caterham chose to think laterally by fitting the 2-litre Ford Duratec power plant in the tried and tested Seven. Welcome to the R600 – like the hugely successful R300, but.. twice as much fun.
For a nation endowed with the DNA of such maverick automotive legends as Chapman, Cooper and Brown, it seems ironic that the marque which now leads the plethora of niche British sports car manufacturers is one that was only founded in the latter part of the 20th century.
There’s no doubting that thanks to some exceptional individual and team performances at the 2012 Olympics, Cool Britannia is now very much back in vogue. Whether you’re lucky enough to have seen the action live, or have been watching at home, in a bar or at work, the sight of 000’s of Union Jacks waving in fervent admiration can only reinforce the feelings of pride and passion that resonate across this small island nation.
In the run-up to this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, F1 drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov got together with QPR football players Djibril Cisse and Clint Hill for a bit of penalty practice using the rear-end of a Caterham 7.
It makes you proud to be British doesn’t it? Caterham, that quiet little corner of Surrey, England. Home of the most proudly independent car company by the same name. Now playing in the big league of motorsport, Formula 1.
Caterham F1 Team has announced this morning that Vitaly Petrov has joined the team as race driver, replacing Jarno Trulli with immediate effect.
This morning Caterham F1 published an interview with Technical Director, Mike Gascoyne, in which he explains the design and engineering of the new 2012 CT01 and the team’s target for the season ahead. Caterham F1 will be launching a new website next month, in the meantime you can keep track of their preparations via their Facebook page.
Although it was due to be released tomorrow (26th January) on the cover of this month’s F1 Racing magazine, printed copies of the magazine arrived on subscriber’s doormats this morning, forcing Caterham to hastily release this low-res glimpse of their new car for its online audience.