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GP Week : Issue 205
F1 >>> nEWs Christijan Albers is the new man at the head of the Caterham Formula 1 team. The Dutchman, who drove in 46 Grands Prix between 2005 and 2007, has replaced former team principal Cyril Abiteboul, who is expected to return to Renault. The news comes after former owner Tony Fernandes followed through on comments he made on social media following the Austrian GP. Albers, 35, has been placed at the team as its Chief Operating Officer by its new owners, a consortium of as-yet unnamed Swiss and Middle Eastern investors, in a project believed to be brokered by Colin Kolles. The former Midland and Spyker boss will not be involved with the team, as he is believed to be still working on the Romanian F1 project, which may or may not take to the track next season. Caterham has had a chequered time in F1 since it came into the sport in 2010, when it was known as Lotus Racing. Fernandes, a Malaysian businessman, was attracted to the sport by the so-called Budget Cap, which was designed to allow a team to operate on a budget of US$40 million or less, but which was never enforced. Caterham is currently outside the top 10 in the Constructors’ Championship and unless it scores points over the second half of the season, will not have access to any of the team’s split of ‘TV money’ in 2015. The deal has nothing to do with Caterham’s road car business, of which Fernandes retains control, or its other motor racing activities, which include GP2 and, on two wheels, Moto2. at BriEFly » Esteban Gutierrez has been handed a grid penalty for the second race in succession. The Mexican was dicing with Pastor Maldonado when the Sauber and the Lotus made contact at Brooklands. Gutierrez retired because of damage but was deemed by the Stewards to have caused the crash. He will start three places back on the grid for the German GP. » Four drivers got a Friday session at Silverstone. Daniel Juncadella stepped in for Force India (replacing Nico Hulkenberg), Giedo van der Garde drove the Sauber usually driven by Adrian Sutil; Robin Frijns took over Kamui Kobayashi’s Caterham; and Scot Susie Wolff drove Valtteri’s Bottas’s Williams, but only managed four laps before the oil pressure went south. Wolff, the first female driver to participate in a GP weekend in 22 years, is expected to get another shot in Germany. » Teams got upgraded fuel flow sensors at Silverstone. Each team received improved firmware on two sensors, in a bid to deal with some difficulties that were thought to be related to using cold fuel. The fuel flow sensors were at the heart of Daniel Ricciardo’s Australian GP disqualification in March. » Pirelli is to test 18-inch tyres this week. The Italian maker will evaluate the bigger rubber on a 2014 Lotus this Wednesday. Pirelli’s current generation 13-inch tyres are locked in until the end of the 2016 season. » Lewis Hamilton’s hay fever struck again at Silverstone. The Mercedes driver had to take medication during Thursday’s media conference to get through without symptoms of the condition, which was triggered by Silverstone’s somewhat rural surroundings. ALbers in At CAterHAm A service driven insurance broker for the fast moving world www.ellisclowes.com +4 4 (0)20 7220 0130 Authorised and regulated by the FCA Registered in England and Wales Company no. 07202991 Registered Lloyd’s of London Broker 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: