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GP Week : Issue 153
At the end of last year, Caterham announced that they had recruited John Iley, McLaren’s former head of aerodynamics, to the team, where he would serve as performance director. After the usual period of gardening leave, Iley joined the Norfolk racers this month. Iley’s F1 career includes stints at Ferrari, Jordan, and Renault, and at the latter two teams he worked closely with Mike Gascoyne, who was instrumental in organising the move. In an inter view for the Caterham website, Iley detailed his links to his new colleagues before going into detail about his new role, which sees him move from a focus on aerodynamics to overall performance. “[Jordan] was when I first met Mike Gascoyne, Mark Smith and a few other people who I'm now working with,” he explained. “When Mike left Jordan and went to Renault, I followed him and stayed for two years before he went off to Cologne for Toyota. “I'm really looking for ward to my new role as, although I know that aero is my strong suit and what I have always done, I understand that there are a lot of things that need to happen to make a car fast,” Iley continued. “Even though the aero reasoning might be good for the development, it may not work in reality with the structure of the car. I've been keen to progress from the role of just aero, so here I feel I am able to grow and develop further within Caterham. “What I love most, though, is the purity of the engineering challenge. I suppose it's being able to do technical development to the highest level – and fundamentally it's pretty clear cut when it works or it doesn't.” Speaking of technical development, Caterham elected not to use the revised exhaust layout they had tested in Barcelona, as it did not perform as the team had expected. Expect to see a re-revised model being tested later on in the summer season. "We had some parts that worked and some parts that didn't, I think it's fair to say," Kovalainen told Autosport. "The exhaust, for example, didn't work. We didn't get it to work as we were expecting. We didn't get any benefits from it. "In a way it wasn't a surprise for me because I know that the exhaust is a difficult area. Last year I don't think we had as good an exhaust as the other teams, and this year it's not any easier, so I'm not surprised we didn't get it working at the first try. But I think we'll get the hang of it. We are working on it now to understand why we didn't get any benefits from it." ILEY STARTS WORK AS CATERHAM’S SPORTING DIRECTOR 7 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS