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GP Week : Issue 211
F1 >>> nEWs it's hard beinG Green The future of Caterham F1 remains unclear after a bizarre week of occurrences involving some of the team’s assets. Last week, a number of items were removed from the team’s Leafield, uK headquarters by the sheriff’s Office and immediately advertised for sale. In spite of the carefully structured media release that actions against 1MRT, the entrant and owner of CaterhamF1 were “unfounded and unsubstantiated rumours” it soon became apparent that some substantial items had been removed. Then Manfredi Ravetto, the team’s principal, addressed the media at suzuka in an attempt to address the situation. At first, his explanation appeared to indicate that nothing of concern had happened at Leafield. “It is absolutely true that bailiffs have been to Leafield,” he said, “but what is also true is that since they were in Leafield not a single screwdriver has been removed for the very simple reason that our solicitors got all the paperwork done in order to prove that it is a matter of totally different companies. “We managed to explain to the bailiffs that we have nothing to do with the claims. Our opposition was successful and therefore, contrary to rumours that have been spread around, no server was switched off and no additional parts or equipment has been removed.” At first he described the items that had been removed as “more memorabilia than race critical parts” but when further questioned by the media, admitted that a test car, a simulator, steering wheels and drilling equipment, wheels and tyres and yes, memorabilia had been removed from the premises. Meanwhile, the team has pledged to get to the end of the season... 14 GPWEEK.com // 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: