Christijan Albers has resigned from his post as Caterham F1 Team Principal after just two months in the role. The former Grand Prix driver turned team boss has relinquished his position for ‘private reasons’; his position will be taken over by Manfredo Ravetto.
The Dutchman was appointed as the Leafield team’s head after its takeover by a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors ahead of the British Grand Prix, and was given the almighty task of realigning and streamlining operations to help it secure tenth place in the Constructors’ Championship standings.
“Over the past months I have dedicated all my energy to ensure the takeover of the team would go as smoothly as possible and to achieve the best possible result for our investors, sponsors and all the people involved with Caterham F1 Team,” Albers explained after Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, in which Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson finished 17th and 19th respectively.
“As such I worked tirelessly to reconstruct the team while, at the same time, making technical updates on the car. In doing this we created both a better foundation for the team’s future and achieved significant improvements on the speed of the car.
“Due to private reasons and in order to be able to spend more time with my family, I will resign from my position as CEO of Caterham F1 Team. I wish the team all the best in the future.”
It is understood that Albers’ wife, Liselore, has been battling a recurrence of oesophageal cancer. First diagnosed in 2012, she underwent chaemotherapy and a partial removal of her oesophagus and was briefly in remission until further tumours were discovered in a lymph node in her neck a year ago.
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