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#2151 F.M.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 14:34

Van Der Garde confirmed to be racing at Caterham next year

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#2152 tarmac

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 14:40

Nothing announced. MTV3 says so

GVD has most $$$ after Razzia

#2153 F.M.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 14:42

Nothing announced. MTV3 says so

GVD has most $$$ after Razzia

Dutch media says yes (PC is ongoing)

http://www.rtl.nl/(/...de_caterham.xml

http://www.nu.nl/spo...j-caterham.html

http://www.ad.nl/ad/...Formule-1.dhtml

And his management already confirmed before the PC he would be racing in F1, just not at which team.

Edited by F.M., 01 February 2013 - 14:44.


#2154 F1FanAJ

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 14:44

Vander Garde now 100% confirmed at his press conference..!

#2155 matthewf1

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 15:04

Now confirmed by Caterham. Also some quotes from Cyril Abiteboul:

"W£ continu£ to grow a$ a t£am and w£ ar£ committ£d to giving young tal£nt acro$$ th£ motor$port indu$try th£ chanc£ to grow with u$ and thi$ i$ Gi£do'$ opportunity to $how h£ d£$£rv£$ hi$ plac£ at th£ v£ry high£$t l£v£l of global motor$port,"

#2156 Petroltorque

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 15:26

The Caterham/ Marussia battle is going to boil down to which team can get the best handle on setup. With effectively 4 rookies the pressure will be on the race engineers to find the sweet spot. Can Caterham afford to finish outside the top 10 constructors standings?

#2157 CatInTheBag

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 15:41




It looks like Caterham is treating this year as a transitional year for the team, with not much hope to improve, position-wise. As was indicated by Cyril Abitofbull.

On the other hand, its no wrong to want more fund for the team to survive, but I have a hunch that all these actually went to fund a £12.5m bid to buy Chris Samba and whole lot of other
useless players for QPR.

Why bother, if you are half-heartedly attempting to succeed in F1. You just won't, Tony.

Imagine all the £s wasted on QPR actually go to F1. We will be in a lot stronger position with better drivers and facilities like building our own wind tunnel. for instance ?

By the way, welcome to the team, GvdG.






#2158 Red17

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 19:40

It looks like Caterham is treating this year as a transitional year for the team, with not much hope to improve, position-wise. As was indicated by Cyril Abitofbull.

I was thinking the same thing, new leader, new line-up, new facilities, new techincall department... It's back to 2010.

#2159 race addicted

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 19:52

Boring and underwhelming driver choice.

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#2160 ApexMouse

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 20:24

Drivers dont matter for them. They need some serious dollars to actually get something that isnt a total sh**box together. In their defense, they are probably the only recent team that looks like sticking it around past this season.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 20:37

Van Der Garde must be bringing some serious money. Was expecting Senna for the combination of a solid hand with a budget.

But who knows, he may surprise.

#2162 yaapelsinko

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 22:06

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#2163 chumma

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 22:27

I don't think this was a good move by Caterham unless that absolutely needed the money.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 22:50

If I'm slightly bitter, then I'm tempted to think that it's entirely for the money. Rather than have experienced/solid drivers, or at least fairly experienced/solid drivers with some money, and attempt to fight their way into the midfield, they've thrown their hands up, said "well, that hasn't been working; as long as we beat Marussia we'll be fine, for now" and taken on two largely unknown quantities, with lots of money. So basically they're just going to bunker down this "transitional" year and have another crack at the midfield when the game changes in 2014. But, and here's where the devil's advocate pops up, they will have a strong financial base (provided their drivers don't wreck the cars every weekend - there's no certainty that this will be the case at all) plenty of time to develop the 2014 car and they will have spent the year grooming two young(ish, Giedo) drivers to be a strong force heading into the 2014 season. So in many respects, in the long term, it's a sound, strategic decision.
In theory.

Then again, this season it may just turn out that Pic and van der Garde are both blistering quick anyway - or at least one of them is - so it's win-win!

But if my theory is correct, it does sort of mean that 2013 has already been written off before it's started. It's going to be a hard slog for Caterham fans this year, IMO :\

Thought occurs though, I'm at a loss to what the Concord agreement is doing at the moment - if anything at all - so will securing 10th in the championship mean much in the future?

Edited by Zedderick, 01 February 2013 - 22:51.


#2165 JeePee

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 22:58

Good choice by Caterham. I don't think v.d. Garde is any slower than Petrov.
And it's not like it's a wild guess from Caterham. He knows the team, the team knows him. He's a hard worker and probably has more motivation than Petrov. Let's see if he can beat Pic!

Edited by JeePee, 01 February 2013 - 22:59.


#2166 scheivlak

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 23:40

If I'm slightly bitter, then I'm tempted to think that it's entirely for the money. Rather than have experienced/solid drivers, or at least fairly experienced/solid drivers with some money

Whatever one can say about Guido and his basic speed he is an experienced/solid driver, or at least a fairly experienced/solid driver with some money  ;)

#2167 silencer

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 02:50

bitter reaction from fins and russians out there.

but I'm looking forward to see this new line up in action.

no hard feelings toward Heikki and Petrov but drivers comes and go but the one that need to stay in this circus for a long time is the team itself.



#2168 smoothcrim

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:58

Van De Garde is a joke,Caterham have no aspirations of moving up the field its just a marketing exercise for their road cars.They wont be around in 2 years.

#2169 CatInTheBag

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:14



For those who still think the team need "pay driver" money to survive, pls don't.



#2170 D.M.N.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:06

Continue discussion here: http://forums.autosp...howtopic=180573

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