Caterham on Thursday confirmed reports Cyril Abiteboul has replaced Tony Fernandes as team principal.

Having announced a major new sports car venture with Renault, Malaysian entrepreneur Fernandes this week announced he is stepping down from the top of his F1 team.

Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham
Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham

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We tipped Abiteboul, engine supplier Renault's former deputy managing director, to replace him.

"He takes over during a season when we have not yet fulfilled our potential, but at a time when we have everything in place to help us do so," said Fernandes.

At 35, Frenchman Abiteboul is now F1's youngest team boss.