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Albers: Caterham fighting hard to bounce back in 2014

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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.

Pippa Mann, breast cancer survivors paint IMS’ start/finish line pink

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We’ve written a fair bit on MotorSportsTalk about the efforts Pippa Mann has done in working with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer awareness. Susan G. Komen has supported Mann’s last two runs at the Indianapolis 500, when she’s driven the No. 63 Honda for Dale Coyne Racing.

This being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the awareness hit a new level with Mann working alongside breast cancer survivors to paint the start/finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s iconic Yard of Bricks pink for the day.

IMS president Doug Boles also joined in the opportunity.

View a selection of photos and social posts below. More is linked here, via IndyCar.com.

Mercedes set to clinch F1 constructors’ championship in Russia

SOCHI, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 08:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP speaks with members of the media in the paddock during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on October 8, 2015 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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For the second year in a row, Mercedes is poised to wrap up the Formula 1 constructors’ championship in Sochi at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.

Mercedes won its first F1 teams’ title in Russia last year, having returned to the sport as a works constructor in 2010. When it last enjoyed such status in the 1950s, there was no championship for the teams.

Just as it did in 2014, Mercedes has dominated proceedings in F1 this season, winning all but three races and sweeping to eight one-two finishes to leave drivers Lewis Hamilton (pictured) and Nico Rosberg battling for the drivers’ title for the second straight year.

Now, Mercedes seeks the knock-out blow in the constructors’ title race by officially wrapping it up in Sochi this weekend.

To do so, the team must simply outscore rivals Ferrari by three points this weekend. The lead currently stands at 169 points, with 215 still on offer. After Sochi, there will be 172 remaining.

“We return to Russia with positive memories from last season, when the team sealed the first constructors’ title for Mercedes-Benz with a one-two finish,” team boss Toto Wolff said.

“A repeat performance in Sochi would be fantastic and this is absolutely the target – but we are under no illusions that it will come easy. The job is not done yet.”

The tire allocation for this weekend’s race could pose problems to Mercedes just as it did in Singapore, potentially allowing Ferrari to spoil the party and delay the victory celebrations at Brackley.

However, if the form book is to be trusted, Sochi could be playing host to another Mercedes party on Sunday night with a second world title in the bag for the Silver Arrows.