Caterham team principal Christijan Albers has said that the team is continuing to fight hard and push in its bid to catch Marussia and Sauber in the constructors’ championship, as it tries to avoid finishing at the foot of the table for the second year in a row.
The team has recently undergone a change in ownership, moving into the hands of a consortium made up of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors. Albers was appointed CEO and then team principal last month, and has been tasked with cutting the gap to nearest rival Marussia, who scored its first ever points in F1 at the Monaco Grand Prix.
Albers knows that the task will not be easy, but says that the team is giving its all to make things work and get back on top.
“Our goal is obviously to move forward in the championship,” he told gpupdate.net. “It would be great if we can succeed in this. We need to succeed.
“This will not be easy but we are willing to fight hard and do everything that is necessary.”
Albers also confirmed that work is beginning on the 2015 car, suggesting that a possible rebrand as Forza Rossa – the new team that Colin Kolles (who brokered the Caterham sale) is trying to get on the grid – may not be on the cards.
“We have been working hard on the car for 2015,” he said. “We’ll have the car in the wind tunnel soon. We are also working hard on upgrades for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. It’s a race against the clock.
“We now have a summer break of two weeks, which doesn’t make it easier for us. We will spend as much time as possible to improve the car.”
However, he did not confirm that drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson would see out the season, saying that their future depended on their results.
“It’s very simple: as long as the drivers are performing, they will stay in the car,” Albers said.
From what has been said at Caterham since the takeover, it appears that this season may depend on the upgrade package that will be introduced for the Belgian Grand Prix. The car is expected to have a new nose fitted as well as a number of other changes, which could see the team jump back ahead of Marussia in the pecking order.
All the same, this will not guarantee ninth or tenth in the constructors’ championship. In 2013, Caterham trailed behind Marussia for just three races in terms of pace, yet it still finished behind in the constructors’ thanks to Jules Bianchi’s thirteenth place finish at the Malaysian Grand Prix.