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#31 alpiner

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 11:12

Changes at Caterham



Caterham F1 Team has restructured its senior management team with Mark Smith having departed and a new technical committee taking over. This includes John Iley, who becomes head of performance engineering, overseeing the performance aspects of the car; Jody Egginton as in charge of design and manufacturing and Gerry Hughes running trackside operations.

“After investing last year in our new factory, and over the winter in aerodynamic development capacity, the new structure gives three specialists we are lucky to have with us the opportunity to use their experience, passion and dedication to help us progress,” said team boss Cyril Abiteboul. “We are not happy with our current performance levels and John, Jody and Gerry, with my full support and that of our shareholders, staff and partners, are the right people to help take us forward.”

There have been rumours in recent days that Caterham may soon be sold.



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Posted 09 June 2014 - 17:38

Kakav gospodin, pa nije valjda da nosi telefon sa sobom u bolid :D

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 17:42

Nije hteo da mi zakaci sliku u prethodnom postu

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:31

New owners at Caterham F1 as Fernandes prepares for exit.

A change of ownership of the Caterham F1 team is expected to be announced in the coming days, as suggested in my recent story on the future of Red Bull and Renault’s Viry engine base.
As part of the changes current team principal Cyril Abiteboul is expected to return to Viry to help bolster Renault’s F1 operation, at the behest of Red Bull. A new management structure will be introduced at Caterham.
Any new owner would have to purchase the Malaysian company that is the ultimate owner of the team.

Tony Fernandes dropped a clear hint about a change of ownership today when in closing his Twitter account he said, “F1 hasn’t worked love Caterham Cars.”
Earlier this year Fernandes told this writer that he was considering a withdrawal from the sport.
“It’s never made commercial sense,” he said. “But I came into the sport thinking the budget was going to be capped at $40m, and it’s never come anywhere close to that. But I’ve built an industrial division around it, which has made it make a little bit more sense.
“We’ll see how it goes this year, but if it doesn’t work, Caterham’s in a good position, and maybe someone else should have a go at doing it.”
It’s believed that the new deal involves only the F1 team, and not the GP2 outfit. The identity of the purchaser is not yet known, but it is not connected to either of the new F1 projects from the USA and Romania.


Šteta za Fernandesa


Za slučaj da neko ima problema sa engleskim podvučeno znači da se Cyril Abiteboul vraća kao pojačanje u Renault F1 odnosno Viry po nalogu Red Bull-a.

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#35 Wingman

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 17:55

F1 2014 - Is it the end for Caterham?


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Posted 02 July 2014 - 09:49

Kolles returning to F1 with Caterham – report
Colin Kolles is set to return to the pitwall as a F1 team boss.
Until now, it has been clear that the former HRT and Force India chief is in fact leading a Romanian project for an all-new F1 team, the Ferrari-linked Forza Rossa, who were waiting for the official green light from the governing FIA.
But the very latest reports are that Germany-based Romanian Kolles is actually getting involved at Caterham.
The major German daily Bild claims Kolles, 46, is becoming a motor sport consultant to the green-coloured team, as the struggling backmarker loses the support of its founder Tony Fernandes.
It is believed the Leafield-based team has been bought, including its reported EUR 20 million in debts, by a consortium of Swiss-based Arabs.
“Kolles is the man in the background, pulling the strings,” Bild reported.
“He wants to give Caterham a polish and achieve at least tenth place in the world championship, getting money from Bernie Ecclestone’s TV pot.”
Bild said Caterham’s new owners intend to ‘remain in the background’, even though the news should at least become official ahead of the British grand prix.
Jeste glasina, ali ima smisla. Kollesov povratak u F1 ima smisla jedino da kupi postojeću ekipu, a ne da kreće od početka. Obzirom da se Caterham prodaje...

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Posted 02 July 2014 - 17:29

Glasina je bila donekle tačna:
Caterham confirms
Tony Fernandes has sold the Caterham Formula 1 team to a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors. It will continue to race as Caterham F1 and will remain based at Leafield. Former F1 driver Christijan Albers will be team principal, assisted by Manfredi Ravetto, both are close to Colin Kolles, who brokered the deal but will not be involved as he is still working with the Romanian F1 project. Its a curious arrangement. It is not clear at the moment who the investors are as they obviously do not want exposure.
Current team principal Cyril Abiteboul is expected to return to Renault from whence he came.

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 21:00



Caterham 620R lap of Silverstone with F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi


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Posted 06 July 2014 - 08:24

Mozda nekoga zanima



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#40 Rad-oh-yeah?

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 18:29

Raspad sistema..


Former Caterham staff bringing lawsuit against team

A group of former Caterham employees are bringing legal action against the team after being laid off earlier this month.

A representative of the group told F1 Fanatic up to 50 former employees are behind the move following the dismissal of staff by Caterham’s new owners. They claim the redundancies were announced without warning and “will result in significant compensation claims against the team”.

Lawyers have been appointed on behalf of the employees, who also intend to submit their grievances to the FIA. Chris Felton, partner at Gardner Leader law firm, said “the employees concerned were dismissed without consultation or warning, either in person or on the telephone”.

“They have not been paid for July or offered any further payments in accordance with their contract or their employment rights,” Felton added. “The fact that they are not being told anything at all by Caterham is concerning.”

“Running roughshod over employees’ rights is not usual behaviour in Formula One where, although difficult decisions are sometimes made about appointments, employees are always adequately compensated and usually treated with dignity by their teams.

“We would not expect any former Caterham employee to be prejudiced for standing up for their rights when they have been unfairly dismissed with no pay for July, no future earnings and families to support.

“The FIA expect certain standards from its F1 teams and it is these standards we are asking them to uphold and provide assurances that the new owners of Caterham are seen as fit and proper.”

Caterham is under new management following its sale by Tony Fernandes four weeks ago. A group of investors from Switzerland and the Middle East purchased the team, which is now being run by former F1 driver Christijan Albers.

Two weeks after the sale Caterham announced it had “parted company with a number of employees” which it described as “a necessary step taken by the new owners of Caterham F1 Team whose priority is the future of the team”.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 17:47

Caterham has announced it is responding to legal action from a group of former employees with a lawsuit of its own.

In a statement released on Tuesday the team said it “read with great concern recent reports about a group of individuals who are claiming unfair dismissal from the Formula One team following its takeover by new owners”.

“The team is now taking legal action against those parties representing the individuals concerned, and each person involved, seeking compensation for the damages suffered by the team due to the gross misrepresentation of the facts made by all those concerned,” it added.

Caterham denies several of the claims made by those bringing the case against them.

“These claims include the statement that they have been released from Caterham F1 Team – this is incorrect,” the statement explained. “Caterham F1 Team’s staff are employed by a company that is a supplier to the company that holds its F1 licence, the licence that allows it to compete in the Formula One world championship.”

“Additionally, the team has read claims that its staff were not paid in July – again, this is wholly untrue,” it noted. “Every individual currently employed by Caterham F1 Team was paid their July salary in full on 25th July, one week before it is formally due on the last day of the month, in this case 31st July.”

The team said it has requested “the withdrawal of the relevant press statement issued on 28th July” and said it will “vigorously pursue its action against all those concerned”.

“However, it will not allow its core focus to be distracted from achieving tenth place in the 2014 Formula One world championship, and building for the 2015 campaign and beyond,” it concluded.



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Posted 31 August 2014 - 14:34



A group of ex-Caterham employees have issued employment tribunal proceedings against the team claiming unfair dismissal, their lawyer says.


Dzaba vama rasprodaja vozackih mesta na licitaciji... :ajme:

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Posted 06 September 2014 - 07:33

Tony Fernandes: 'F1 taught me how not to do things...'

Tony Fernandes, the colourful owner of Queen’s Park Rangers, Caterham Cars and AirAsia, does not regret his five-year adventure in Formula One’s “piranha club”.
“There’s nothing wrong in trying and failing,” he says. “I’ve had an unbelievable life. I’m 50 years old, and I brought Lotus back. No one can take that away from me. And Caterham is a much better known car manufacturer now. We’ve doubled our sales. I’ve met some great people. And I’ve learned how not to do things. I’ve learned about focus.”
A self-deprecating laugh is acknowledgement that he is harder to pin down than a frame house in a hurricane.
“I’d rather get to 55 and say I’m glad I did it, than wish I had. But we were just not good enough, and I enjoy football more.”
He concedes that not being involved on a daily basis, or else not employing someone with the calibre of former McLaren chief Martin Whitmarsh, was his biggest mistake.
“That’s the lesson from all this,” Fernandes says. “I’m so meticulous with AirAsia. I’m there and I know everything that’s going on. Success! I spent a lot more time on football and we are better. I won’t say successful, but better.”
Fernandes revived the fabled Team Lotus in 2010. But the dream soured when controversial entrepreneur Dany Bahar joined Lotus Cars in Malaysia and wanted Fernandes’ train set – Team Lotus – too. Founder Colin Chapman had separated the two entities as long ago as 1968, and Lotus Cars had been acquired by General Motors in 1986, but a lengthy legal case in 2011 proved inconclusive. In the end Fernandes rebranded as Caterham.
“That was the first massive chink in the dream,” he admits. “Selling the Lotus F1 brand was a major blow. I never said it to anyone, but it left me feeling that F1 was very nasty and vindictive.
“Then Caterham didn’t really progress, a lot of investments didn’t come through and it started to get tough.”
He had entered F1 believing former FIA president Max Mosley’s promise of a $40m budget cap. But that was always doomed. “Pretty soon the whole cost of F1 went the other way,” Fernandes reflects. “Tyres were free when I came in, now we pay for them. Then there was the turbo-engine change, whose cost almost doubled.”
In January he put his team on notice that his patience was not limited, and eventually sold it to a group of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors.
Fernandes does not want to come across as a sore loser, but he does not pull punches. “The economics of the sport is all wrong. Bar Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes and McLaren, everyone else is struggling.
“I don’t want to say how much we ended up spending beyond the cap Max talked of, but it was a lot. So you’ve got to put your hands up and say, ‘We’re beat. It doesn’t make sense any more’.”
He admits that felt like falling out of love, and that the system beat him. “Every team talked about working together but it never happened. There should be enough money in the system for everyone to race. I don’t believe I should have the same as Ferrari or Red Bull, but $60m, $70m, that should come from the prize money.
“If you get more sponsorship and you can raise your budget to $120m, so be it. But $40m was unrealistic unless people really wanted it, and they didn’t. And the teams were not together, which was a major disappointment.”

It did not help that he had also seen football’s commercial model. “In football the teams are much closer together. And yet they too are competing like hell. Whether you’re a top team or at the bottom, you get enough money to survive, and that’s the major difference. We got £30m when we were relegated [from 2013 the Premier League in], and then £60m when we came back up. Of course, Manchester United have more and Chelsea have more, but you have baseline prize money which enables you to compete.”
And, as QPR proved in last season’s Championship play-off final against Derby County at Wembley, you still have the chance to win.
Wouldn’t it have been better to focus on one or the other rather than buying QPR and diluting the effort that should have gone into F1?
“Fair question,” he laughs after a long pause. “Maybe. Even then we were beginning to question F1, but if I had just stuck with F1 we would have been slightly better. I’m not sure how much better.”
In football there is no need to spend additional millions redesigning the ball for each match, either. “And there’s a fairer distribution of money and a better control of spending. There’s a better dialogue. There’s a general understanding that we are in it together. Obviously there are differences; somebody wants a salary cap, and somebody else doesn’t. But there’s a clear voting structure. One team, one vote. No need for unanimity. In F1 I think there is some sensibility where people want to help each other, but not at the top.
“But I’m not criticising motor racing. I love the sport. And I wouldn’t have got involved in football or car making if I hadn’t met Bernie [Ecclestone].”
Fernandes has proved his mettle with QPR’s fightback after relegation last year. “We didn’t give up and die, we came back fighting hard. There aren’t many teams that bounce back straight away. That was a fairy tale. But definitely I thought we had a chance.”
He cites the motivation of the players as the crucial change at Loftus Road last season. “There was such great camaraderie. Richard Dunne has been unbelievable, and Joey Barton has been great. He’s a tough boy – but I don’t think he realised how heavy I was when he got me up on his shoulders [at Wembley]. Bobby Zamora kept coming back and doing great things.”
So now Fernandes will focus on QPR, AirAsia, exciting new projects with Caterham Cars, and his smaller race teams. “I love GP2 and Moto2,” he laughs. “I think I’m a second division guy. What we should have done in hindsight was start a GP2 team, slowly learn the ropes, and then move on to F1.” Instead, he fell out of love with F1. But does he feel better to be out of it? “Yeah,” he admits. “It’s a relief.”



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Posted 07 September 2014 - 17:19

Caterham team principal Christijan Albers has left the team just two months after joining it.


Albers was appointed to run the team after it was purchased by a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors in July.


In a statement released today he said: “Over the past months I have dedicated all my energy to ensure the takeover of the team would go as smoothly as possible and to achieve the best possible result for our investors, sponsors and all the people involved with Caterham F1 Team.”


“As such I worked tirelessly to reconstruct the team while, at the same time, making technical updates on the car. In doing this we created both a better foundation for the team’s future and achieved significant improvements on the speed of the car.


“Due to private reasons and in order to be able to spend more time with my family, I will resign from my position as CEO of Caterham F1 Team. I wish the team all the best in the future‎.”


Caterham’s deputy team principal Manfredi Ravetto has taken over from Albers, who he described as “an asset to the team since the moment he joined”.


“It’s been a challenging last few months, but we have moved forward together and we want to thank him for his hard work and commitment to the team,” Ravetto added. “We wish him the best for the future.”



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Posted 23 September 2014 - 08:19

Pirelli threatens to withhold tyres from Caterham





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