Caterham confirm dismissals and announce new appointments

Caterham factory

Caterham factory

At least 50 Caterham staff have been dismissed and have departed the backmarcker’s Leafield factory, according to Speed Week, while the team has announced restructuring of the operation

In a brief press release it was announced: “Following the first steps of restructuring, Caterham F1 Team has confirmed today that a number of new appointments have been made. Christijan Albers is now team principal, supported by Manfredi Ravetto, general manager and deputy team principal.”

“Simon Shinkins has also joined the team as COO, as well as Miodrag Kotur who is now team manager. Michael Willmer is the team’s new director of legal affairs and Gianluca Pisanello is promoted to head of trackside engineering. Finally, John Iley is now the team’s technical director, leading the work being done to improve the 2014 car and the 2015 new car project.”

The statement added: “The team has also confirmed that it has parted company with a number of employees. This is a necessary step taken by the new owners of Caterham F1 Team whose priority is the future of the team.”

Several media outlets on Wednesday reported that between 40 and 50 employees were let go in the days between Silverstone and this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

Reportedly among the departures were technical boss Jody Eggington, track operations chief Gerry Hughes, designer Lewis Butler and head of research and development Elliot Dason-Barber.

Test driver Alexander Rossi also exits with immediate effect, although – for now at least – fellow tester Robin Frijns is safe, as are racers Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson. (GMM)