Caterham F1 Team and Caterham Racing Announce 2014 F1 and GP2
Caterham F1 Team and Caterham Racing have confirmed their 2014
driver line-ups with the announcement that Kamui Kobayashi and
Marcus Ericsson will race in Formula One in the forthcoming season,
with Robin Frijns and Alexander Rossi as F1 team Reserve Drivers.
In addition, Alexander and Rio Haryanto will contest the 2014 GP2
honours with Caterham Racing.
Kobayashi joins the UK-based team after one season out of F1,
rejoining the sport as it heads towards a new era in F1 history
with all-new rules for the season ahead. The popular Japanese
driver joins F1 rookie Marcus Ericsson in an exciting, dynamic
line-up that will push the team to achieve its targets throughout
the season ahead while giving, for the second year running, an
opportunity for a leading GP2 driver to make the step up to F1,
demonstrating the logic of Caterham's direct involvement in that F1
feeder Championship. Supporting them at all non-GP2 races as
Reserve Driver will be Robin Frijns, one of motorsport's most
highly-rated young drivers.
Alexander Rossi renews his GP2 challenge with Caterham Racing
and, after finishing the 2013 season as best rookie, he will start
the new season as a serious championship contender. He will combine
his GP2 commitments with another year as a Reserve Driver for
Caterham F1 Team at all non-GP2 race weekends, continuing his
development towards an ultimate race drive in Formula One.
Alexander is joined by Rio Haryanto, the Indonesian driver who has
progressed in GP2 since his first season in the series in 2012 and
who, with Alexander, makes one of the strongest driver pairings in
Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal and CEO, Caterham F1
Team: "I'm very pleased we can finally unveil our F1 and GP2
drivers for the year ahead. The process may have taken longer than
we'd have liked, but we didn't want or need to be rushed into such
important decisions, and we have been in the happy position of
having a wide range of drivers to choose from for both series. I
believe that we have exciting, dynamic talents in both F1 and GP2
and I know just how excited everyone in the F1 team and Caterham
Racing are about working with all five drivers.
"In F1, I'm delighted that we've been able to bring Kamui back.
He is a very popular driver and it's very good for the whole team
that we've been able to attract such an exciting driver to join us
at a critical point in our development. His pace speaks for itself
and his extensive experience of developing cars, particularly in
his years with Toyota, will be incredibly important for us as we
tackle one of the most challenging seasons F1 has ever embarked
"Alongside him is Marcus who will be racing in his debut F1
season, but as a driver who has prepared perfectly for the step up
with his graduation through the ranks. He started his single-seater
career by winning Formula BMW UK in 2007 and rose through the ranks
to GP2, where last year he won in Germany, scored two poles, three
fastest laps and five podiums. He's physically and mentally
prepared for what lies ahead, and he will have all the support we
can give him across the team to help him fulfil his obvious
potential in Formula One.
"Robin is another new addition to our driver roster and he comes
to us as one of the most highly-rated talents around - just look at
how he dominated the two Renault-backed series he competed in
during the 2012 and 2013 seasons for clear evidence of that. He won
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 in 2011, recording five wins that year,
and then he won Formula Renault 3.5 in 2012, putting three more
victories on the board. He has raw pace and impressed our engineers
enormously with the sessions he's completed in our simulator - put
simply, he has the talent to go right to the top of our sport. He
will be our Reserve at all races where Alexander is focused on GP2
and he will have a number of F1 runs throughout the year, immersing
him in the F1 team and helping him develop his understanding of
what it takes to operate at the top level.
"In GP2, we want to be competing for race wins and titles from
the first race. Alexander showed last year that he's ready to make
a push for the championship, and we're continuing his F1
development in 2014 by combining his GP2 commitments with another
year as an F1 team Reserve Driver. I firmly believe he has the
talent to achieve the ambitious targets we are setting him and I'm
excited about seeing him fulfil his potential in GP2 this year.
"Rio joins the team with two years of GP2 already under his belt
and he and Alexander make a formidable pairing - we're all excited
about seeing them and the team add to Caterham Racing's already
crowded trophy cabinet and use that as a benchmark for the F1
"By any measure, we have an exciting range of drivers across F1
and GP2 who will make headlines for both teams throughout the year
- sometimes because they're pushing a bit too hard, but, on
balance, that's what motor racing needs. Our F1 team will benefit
enormously from having Kamui and Marcus spearhead our challenge in
2014 - they provide powerful motivation for us to renew our efforts
to succeed throughout the season ahead and demonstrate that our
shareholders and senior management know what it takes to
"Overall, I'm pleased that we're able to give all five of the
drivers we'll work with in F1 and GP2 the platform to show what
they can do on a global stage and I'm excited about seeing all of
them develop in green throughout the year ahead."
Caterham F1 Team
Kamui Kobayashi: "It's a great feeling to be back
as an F1 race driver and I'm really pleased it's with Caterham F1
Team. We've been talking to Cyril and Tony since last year about
driving for the team for 2014 and beyond. Throughout all our
discussions I've been very impressed with where they want to take
the team and how much investment has been made already to help them
achieve their goals. For me, it's a great honour that the team
hired me based on the value I bring in racing terms and the
experience I have. I am so happy that I am able to make this
announcement today. I will do my very best to lead the team and
work as hard as possible to achieve our targets.
"I also want to give special thanks to all the fans who have
made donations to KAMUI SUPPORT. Their donations and gestures gave
me extra strength to come back fighting and I am very pleased that
the money they raised not only helped me but will now go to helping
Caterham progress this year. Every single one of you who helped
with KAMUI SUPPORT will race with me in 2014 and that makes me very
"I first visited the factory in Leafield just before Christmas
and it's clear how hungry the whole team is to make progress. Last
year was a tough season but the new rules this year mean that
everyone in F1 is starting again and, that means everybody has a
chance to improve. From what I've seen, Caterham now has everything
in place to progress this year and for many seasons to come.
"We're all realistic about what we can actually achieve this
year and until we've run the car properly at the tests it's still
too early to see where we are compared to the other teams, but
whatever happens we have to move forwards this year. For me, it's a
chance to start again with a new team but one that's serious about
progressing. For the team, 2014 is the first chance to show what
they can do with all the people and infrastructure they've built up
in Leafield since moving there in 2012.
"I can't wait to start work again. One of the benefits of making
this announcement so close to the start of the tests means I only
have a few days to wait to get back on track! Before then I'll be
at the factory as much as possible, working in the simulator and
with everyone there to prepare as much as we can for the tests in
Jerez and Bahrain. Physically and mentally I'm fully prepared, now
I just want to get back to work!"
Marcus Ericsson: "This is a very proud day for me
and everyone who has helped make my F1 dream come true. I'll be
making the step up to F1 with Caterham F1 Team in 2014 and I'm
already excited about the season ahead, and the first race in
Australia in particular.
"It's obviously great for Sweden that we'll have a Swedish
driver back on the grid in 2014. This is what I've been working for
since I first started racing karts back when I was nine years old,
and now I know I'm ready for the step up to F1. Caterham is a young
team and together we can take on the challenges the new rules will
present in 2014 - learning together and continuing to develop as
the season progresses.
"After a good break at home over Christmas, the hard work has
already started. My physical fitness has always been good but I've
been working even more on that since the discussions with Caterham
began. I'm going to be in the factory in Leafield as much as I can
before and during the tests in Spain and Bahrain so I can play an
active role in helping understand the 2014 car, and what we need to
do to unlock its performance. We have a big task in front of us but
it's an exciting one, and one both the team and I are ready
Robin Frijns: "I am more than happy that Caterham
and Renault have given me the chance to be in Formula One in 2014.
Nowadays it's rare to find an F1 team that will put so much trust
in a young driver like me, but during the negotiations I had a very
strong feeling that the team really believes in me, which I
couldn't appreciate more! This was one of the main reasons why
Caterham has been my number one priority for quite a while and I am
so thankful that it worked out.
"There are many good reasons to believe that Caterham will be
moving up the grid in the next few years and I feel that every
member of the team is strongly committed and really working hard to
make that happen. Also, when I visited the factory for the first
time, I saw that the working atmosphere in Leafield is very
positive, which gave me a good feeling right away. My personal goal
for this season is to help the team as much I can and also gain
valuable experience to make sure that I can establish myself in the
team and in F1. I am sure that we will have many great years
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Alexander Rossi: "I am pleased to be back with
Caterham Racing for 2014 fighting for the GP2 championship. My 2013
program had some changes which meant I missed the pre-season tests
and a couple of the early GP2 races, however, throughout the season
the team and I made some big progress and by Abu Dhabi we were
definitely one of the cars to beat. This continued in the
post-season tests and I'm quite confident about the pace in
"As returning Caterham F1 Team Reserve Driver my duties will
continue with F1 outings, my role as simulator driver and on
track reserve for non-GP2 weekends. This is the perfect
development for a future F1 race drive as I play an important role
in assisting the team develop its 2014 car, something that will be
particularly important with the 2014 technical changes.
"I have to thank everyone involved at Caterham and Team Rossi for
making this happen. We have a fantastic chance to win the GP2 title
in 2014, while the F1 team achieves its goals of moving forward.
This is an important era for all of us, as the sport enters a new
generation. What a great way to start 2014!"
Rio Haryanto: "It is a great feeling to sign with
Caterham Racing for my 2014 GP2 campaign. After such a successful
post-season test with the team in Abu Dhabi and the possible
Formula One opportunities, this was the obvious choice for me. The
team atmosphere immediately filled me with confidence and I am sure
that this new chapter, with a new team is going to bring
"I am also looking forward teaming up with Alexander Rossi. We
are both strong championship contenders and with our GP2
experience, we will work together to fight for both the team and
driver championships. My ultimate goal is to finish the season as
high as possible in the 2014 GP2 championship and give myself the
best possible chance of a full time Formula One seat in 2015."
Mia Sharizman, EQ8 Caterham Racing Team Principal:
"I am delighted to announce that Alexander will continue with us
into 2014, and that Rio is joining our team. This announcement also
means that we can focus on our 2014 preparations much earlier than
we have been able to in previous years. Our team has undergone a
number of changes since the end of the 2013 season which we believe
gives us the capability to have our best season to date, and to
build on our previous championship results.
"Our plan for Alexander in 2014 is part of a two-year GP2
programme. After finishing 2013 as top rookie it is now time for
him to mount a challenge for the championship, and with the
experience he has gained and the increased support he will have in
2014, I believe that the championship is a realistic target.
"Racing alongside Alexander will be Rio Haryanto. Having Rio
join the Caterham family is the result of a lot of hard work over
the last two years, in which time we have seen Rio develop into one
of the most promising Asian racing drivers in the world. His
experience in GP2 will help the team develop further and having two
strong, consistent and quick race drivers will help us achieve our
goals. Rio is a determined young man and he returns to GP2 with the
aim of being a strong championship contender alongside his
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