Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Caterham F1 Team Debuts CT03 Race Car

Photo credit: Caterham F1 Team

With only a month and a half ahead of the Formula 1 season opener, race teams are working aggressively on the hope that they have found the crucial tenth of a second that could make all the difference at the Australian Grand Prix and beyond through the 19-event 2013 tour. Fighting to work their away up the grid just a few more positions this season, the Caterham F1 Team is putting their efforts behind the CT03 chassis during the 2013 season.

Featuring a remarkably brighter paint scheme compared to previous seasons, the yellow, green and black colouring is only one of many difference found on the Caterham CT03 race car. Engineering and aerodynamic enhancements are in place on the new car has ultimately resulted in a lowered chassis. Reworked sidepods and engine cooling also detail the CT03 chassis Caterham F1 Team is pairing once again with a Renault V8 engine.

Caterham F1 Team's latest competition machine is not the only massive makeover occurring at the organization. The Formula 1 team's driver line-up has hired two new primary pilots for their 2013 season. Sophomore Formula 1 driver Charles Pic and rookie competitor Giedo van de Garde join the Caterham F1 Team. Charlies Pic arrives to the team after spending last season with the Marussia F1 organization after extensive experience in several forms of Formula Renault competition. Set to become a new addition to the Formula 1 grid, Giedo van de Garde was graduated from the team's test driver role and Caterham's GP2 group. Van de Garde top career achievement to date is two victories in the GP2 Series in 2012 and a 2008 championship in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

Photo credit: Caterham F1 Team

Entering 2013, the Caterham F1 Team is still chasing an elusive honour of finishing in a points-paying position in a grand prix event. Founded as the Lotus Racing organization, the efforts on the track would be overshadowed by a complex licensing fight for the Lotus name as auto company Group Lotus partnered bought into the Renault F1 team. Eventually, the Caterham F1 Team was created when Lotus Racing's (briefly using the Team Lotus name) team principal Tony Fernandes lent the name his newly-purchased Caterham Cars auto company to the Formula 1 operation. Operating as Caterham F1 Team last season, the 2013 season can be the second year for where the organization can concentrate on their on-track performance. A team structure that has undergone four seasons of competition, the need to gain a meaningful milestone is growing evermore important.

Photo credit: Caterham F1 Team

Running the #20 and #21 cars during the 2013 season, Caterham F1 Team has immediately started to shakedown the new Renault-powered vehicle at Jerez this week.

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