F1 2014 Preview: Caterham – All new lineup, last chance to perform

Caterham F1 CEO Tony Fernandes was openly bitter about losing 10th in the Constructors’ Championship last year and has declared that this would be the team’s “final chance” to deliver. Should the team fail to score its first points after 5 years of competing, Fernandes vows to fold the operation.

In an effort to boost their odds, both of last year’s drivers, Charles Pic and rookie Giedo Van Der Garde, were shown the door. In their place Caterham has signed former Sauber F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi and Swedish rookie Marcus Ericsson to pilot the CT05.
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Do the F1 Shuffle! (Part 1)

The 2012 Formula 1 Season has easily been one of the most exciting in recent memory, with six drivers who have held the world championship title on the grid at the same time, seven different winners in the first seven races and a radical revival of the Williams team. But the season is nearing its end and that means contracts are being reviewed, and that (usually) means some drivers will be leaving, some will be changing teams and then there’s the potential for new arrivals. Rumors are abound about who is going to come, who is going to go and who is going to change, and I have my guesses too, but I’m more interested in following the solid leads that are already present. First off, let’s talk about one of the confirmed changes that are coming in the 2013 F1 season.

Sauber's Sergio Perez sided by two Sauber pit-crew.

One of the youngest drivers on the grid with a traditionally mid-field team, Perez has shown flashes of brilliance.

What would you say if I told you that one of the most promising young drivers in Formula 1 was Sauber’s Sergio Perez?
You’d probably have your doubts, and I can understand that. After all, Luca di Montezemolo (the chairman of Ferrari) has asserted time and again that the young Mexican needs more experience before he can join the Ferrari team, even though he (Perez) is a member of Ferrari’s driver academy and Ferrari’s second driver looks like a lost cause. Continue reading