Caterham F1 Racing Team 2014

History in F1

Caterham is the old name of Team Lotus from 2011 and is owned by Air Asia CEO, Tony Fernandes. The 2012 Season was team Caterham’s debut season, after Fernandes acquired British sports car maker, Caterham Cars and changed the team’s name. The initial Lotus name in 2011 had caused a major stir among teams and confusion among fans, as two teams with the name Lotus were competing.

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The former team Lotus debuted in the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix and struggled to get a foothold. In 2010, the team was plagued with mechanical problems and ended the season with zero points – with a best finish of 12th, two non-starts and 11 retires. In both the 2011 and 2012 seasons, the team again failed to win a point, but significantly reduced the number of non-starts and retires. The best finish in the 2012 season was 11th place by Vitaly Petrov at the Brazilian Grand Prix. The 2013 season continued Caterham’s zero point streak, with the highest finish of 14th place. By hiring veteran F1 driver, Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham is no doubt expecting to earn some points this year.

Technical Details & Statistics

Caterham is using the new CT05 chassis this season, to accommodate the Renault’s new 1.6-litre V6 turbocharged engine, the F1-2014.

Base: Leafield (UK)

Team Principal: Cyril Abiteboul

Main drivers: Marcus Ericsson & Kamui Kobayashi

Engine: Renault Energy F1-2014

Chassis: CT05

Debut F1 Season: 2012

Constructors’ Championship Titles: 0

Grand Prix race victories: 0

Pole Position: 0

Fastest lap times: 0

Drivers

Driver 1: Marcus Ericsson Marcus Ericsson
Marcus Ericsson is a newcomer to F1 in 2014. He grew up in Sweden in karting, switching to Formula BMW and Formula Three. Ericsson won the Swedish Junior Racer of the year award in 2007 and 2009. Most recently, he has been racing in GP2 Series. Ericsson replaces Charles Pic, who joined Lotus as a reserve driver.

Driver Statistics:

Nationality: Swedish

Date of Birth: 2 September 1990

World Championship Titles: 0

Number of Grand Prix won: 0

Pole Positions: 0

Career Points: 0

Podiums: 0

Driver 2: Kamui Kobayashi
Kamui Kobayashi
Japanese driver, Kamui Kobayashi’s racing career includes Formula 3 and GP2. His F1 career started in 2007, when he joined Team Toyota as a reserve driver. However, he only started driving Grand Prix races in 2009, his first race being the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix. Kobayashi has so far not had a stellar career, but seems to be improving every season. His highest finish in 2011 was 5th at the Monaco Grand Prix, finishing the season in 12th place with 30 points. Kobayashi left F1 racing in 2013, when Sauber did not renew his contract and he joined AF Corse for one year. It will be interesting to see what he can do for Caterham this season.

Driver Statistics:

Nationality: Japanese

Date of Birth: 13 September 1986

World Championship Titles: 0

Number of Grand Prix won: 0

Pole Positions: 0

Career Points: 125

Podiums: 1