January 28th, 2014 (F1plus/ R. Baillie) - Caterham launched the CT05 on the first afternoon of pre-season testing in Jerez, Spain.
“Unveiling CT05 is a proud moment for me and the whole team, especially with both F1 and Caterham entering a new era in 2014.” said Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul.
“We believe CT05 is a good starting point for us to deal with the new regulations and their associated challenges, in particular in terms of reliability.”
“We obviously won’t know where we really are in relation to the other teams until the first race, but we believe we have answered the challenges presented by the new regulations as effectively as we can.”
Abiteboul feels that the team’s technical partnership with Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull Technology will help the team to begin fighting further up the grid.
“In Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull Technology we have technical partners that have powered the World Championship winning team for the last four years, and, while we are realistic enough to know we are very unlikely to be competing right at the front of the grid, there is no reason why we should not be fighting higher than we have done since we came into the sport in 2010.” he said.
The CT05 took to the circuit for the first time at around 3PM local time with rookie driver Marcus Ericsson at the wheel, who completed just one installation lap.
“I’m very proud to have completed my first lap as an F1 driver today, and want to thank everyone in the team for working so hard to get the car ready for day one in Jerez.” Ericsson said.
“The reaction to the car has been huge – people either love it or hate it, but for me it’s not really important what it looks like as what counts is how quick it is. If it’s fast then I really don’t care if it’s the worst looking thing out there, if it’s slow but beautiful then what’s the point of that?
“We obviously won’t know really where we are until quali in Australia, and one installation lap on day one isn’t going to tell us a lot about the car, but to have got that first lap out of the way and on to day two is a good feeling, and, for me, a positive way to start my life as an F1 driver.”
Ericsson will partner up with Kamui Kobayashi who is returning to the sport after losing his drive at Sauber at the end of the 2012 season.