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Sink or swim // The moment of truth for Caterham F1

Published by Christine

The moment of truth for Caterham F1
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Caterham suffered a double DNF in Hungary, the third time that has happened this year. Marcus Ericsson crashed out early in the race, whilst Kamui Kobayashi returned to the pit lane with a fuel pump problem. It was a difficult end to the first half of the season for the team, but they'll need to go back to Leafield and come up with a better plan of attack for 2014 part two.

After Tony Fernandes confirmed the sale of Caterham F1 to a consortium of investors, the team now has all the pieces in place including a new team principal and a streamlined workforce, to help make the most of their capacity and start getting results. The aim is to get tenth place in the championship, which would mean beating Sauber to some points.

If they can't make it work this year, then it seems unlikely they'll have the staying power to get another chance. The unnamed investors will want to see returns for their money, just as Fernandes did. The enthusiasm Tony had for the sport gradually waned after five years and no results. The momentum is firmly on rivals Marussia's side, and that means there's a big mountain to climb for the Caterham team.

It really is the moment of truth.