Caterham vow to come back fighting
27 November 2013 – Caterham F1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul has vowed the squad will 'regroup, recharge and come back fighting in 2014' after being beaten to tenth place in the Constructors’ Championship by fellow strugglers Marussia.
Unlike in 2012, Caterham were unable to overhaul Marussia in the season finale in Brazil, missing out as a result of Jules Bianchi’s 13th place finish in Malaysia.
Despite that though, Abiteboul reckons the outfit is in a ‘good position for the future’.
“It’s obviously disappointing to finish the season like this and to end in 11th place in the championship,” Abiteboul said. “We started with last year’s car which was slower than our rivals for the first three races and it was in the second race in Malaysia that we lost the tenth place that we then ended up chasing all year.
“It’s particularly frustrating because our development strategy paid dividends in terms of outright pace from Bahrain onwards, but we had to balance our 2013 campaign against the need to focus on 2014 and that was always going to be a challenge.
“Despite the position we ended up in I want to thank the drivers and the whole team for the work they put in this year.
“We have experienced people in every department and a lot of young talent throughout the team, on track and at Leafield, and everyone in the team needs to be thanked for their hard work throughout 2013.
“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. Now we’ll regroup, recharge and come back fighting in 2014 in an all new F1.”