Caterham unleashes their 2013 challenger: the CT03

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Caterham Renault Formula One team uncovered their newest contender at the Jerez circuit this morning prior to the first preseason test days.

The Caterham team powered by Renault is ready for action with the same changes that their rivals have made due to the restriction of the rules and the new challenge that will come in 2014. Focusing on "subtle" changes to this year's CT02, the main attractions were the new livery and the 'step' nose. Of course there were changes made but the big draw was the vibrant green with yellow which has been praised by the fans as “beautiful”.

Cyril Abiteboul, Caterham F1 Team Principal, and Charles Pic, Caterham (Right)
Cyril Abiteboul, Caterham F1 Team Principal, and Charles Pic, Caterham (Right)

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Team Principal Cyril Abiteboul said, “One of the first things you will all notice is the new colors. We hope you will like it as much as we do. It is very vibrant. We wanted to bring out the emotions, and to show we are working in the background (for the future).”

About the team’s two drivers, Abiteboul said, "Driving the cars this year are Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde, two drivers who give us a good mix of youth and experience inside and outside Formula One. Charles and Giedo are both young and dynamic and we expect that their enthusiasm for the sport and the team will be fuelling our growth.”

Yet at the same time, the ‘step’ nose remains with without the ‘vanity panel’ which has been utilized by most of the Formula One teams. In fact per the first reaction of those who saw the first photos of the car, they were not happy to see the ‘step nose’ to the point that the Caterham team might win the ugliest nose contest this year. Yet it appears from fans reactions, the new color a thumbs-up.

Charles Pic, Caterham and Giedo van der Garde, Caterham F1 Team unveil the new Caterham CT03
Charles Pic, Caterham and Giedo van der Garde, Caterham F1 Team unveil the new Caterham CT03

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Mark Smith, technical director, “The engine cover is different but there are lots of subtle changes made that are not seen. We decided that CT03 would be an evolution of CT01 rather than a complete re-design, allowing us to focus our resources on developing areas of last year's package where opportunities would give us the greatest return, while also beginning work on the 2014 package.”

Caterham Group Co-chairman Tony Fernandes said, “We are getting good results from the wind tunnel which we have never had before. We continue to move forward in the direction where we can get the results we have hoped for.”

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