Finishing last of all not a knockout blow for Caterham

Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic during the Brazilian GP

Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic during the Brazilian GP

Caterham’s future remains on track, despite the blow of finishing the 2013 Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship dead last.

Since debuting in 2010, the green-coloured team has always fended off the attacks of its back-of-the-grid rival Marussia.

But in Brazil, Caterham had to face up to the reality of not finishing inside the top ten finishing positions in the teams’ points standings for the first time. It is easy to overlook the battle at the very back.

“Marussia’s Max Chilton was the only driver this year to finish every single race,” said Die Welt correspondent Simon Pausch.

“Even Sebastian Vettel didn’t manage that. But Chilton scored exactly three hundred and ninety seven points less than the world champion,” he observed.

However, former Formula 1 team owner and boss Eddie Jordan insists that, for Caterham and Marussia, the fight at the back is crucially important.

“The top ten gets gets a fairly significant chunk of the prize money,” he told the BBC. “If you’re outside the top 10, you don’t.”

For the teams with the smallest budgets, missing the top ten is significant — particularly ahead of the 2014 season, when the new rules have ramped up the mandatory spending even further.

Caterham boss Cyril Abiteboul, however, insists finishing dead last does not jeapordise the team’s future.

“Our shareholders and our partners have continued to support us unequivocally and the investments they continue to make, in infrastructure, resources and, most importantly, people, put us in a good position for the future,” he said.

“Now we’ll regroup, recharge and come back fighting in 2014 in an all new Formula 1.” (GMM)

  • Eevel

    I can’t help but feel that Caterham’s signing of 2 pay drivers in 2013 backfired on them and if they would have had Heiki driving for them they would have finished above Marussia.
    Now they’ve missed out on millions in prize money and had the indignity of finishing last.
    Heiki drove really well for Caterham, I don’t think that his 2 races for Lotus, in a car that was new to him after being out of F1 for a while, was a true indication of his abilities.

  • Kimi4WDC

    Gotta love Formula One these days. Talent can’t get a seat, yet it looks like another year of Chilton and Gutierrez on the horizon.

  • matthew

    I’m excited to see how caterham vs marussia goes down in 2014! I actually just started following f1 near the start of 2013 and I had no idea what I was missing! Great stuff.

  • diwant

    Everything tony fernandes touches has gone down..

  • splat

    Hopefully the pay drivers’ money will be adequate compensation for the loss of F1 money. Still, Heikki is a perfect fit for a backmarker team and I am glad to see Caterham get bit in the butt on this one.