|Official Name:||Caterham F1 Team|
|Team Principal:||Tony Fernandes|
|2012 Drivers:||Heikki Kovalainen (#20); Vitaly Petrov (#21); Giedo van der Garde (reserve)|
|First GP:||2012 Australian Grand Prix||Best Finish:||?|
|Last GP:||?||Best Grid:||?|
|YEAR-BY-YEAR GRAND PRIX HISTORY|
|2010*||19 entries, 0 points, Not Classified|
|2011*||19 entries, 0 points, Not Classified|
* Denotes team history as Lotus Racing (2010) and Team Lotus (2011). These results – while essentially considered by many as being part of the team’s history – are not counted towards it under the FIA statutes
The Caterham F1 Team is a Malaysian-owned operation based in the United Kingdom. The team will compete as Caterham for the first time in the 2012 Formula One World Championship season, following the off-season renaming of the outfit that raced as Team Lotus in 2011 and Lotus Racing in 2010.
This followed the acquisition of British sportscar manufacturer Caterham Cars by team principal Tony Fernandes, forming the Caterham Group.
Caterham’s Track Record
Fernandes’ team originally entered Formula One in 2010 as Lotus Racing, using the Lotus name under licence from Group Lotus. (For more information, read the Team Lotus profile on this website.)
In its first two seasons racing under its earlier monikers, the team failed to earn any championship points’ finishes, with its performances enough to ensure it remained off the back of the grid, but only rarely troubled the lower reaches of the midfield.
Off-track, the team had greater dramas. When Group Lotus’ parent company Proton terminated the licence to use the ‘Lotus’ name, Fernandes acquired the privately-owned Team Lotus name for use in the 2011 season.
As Proton began legal proceedings against the team, Fernandes acquired Caterham Cars, and in November 2011 the team applied to the Formula One commission to formally change their constructor name for the 2012 season from Lotus to Caterham, while Renault changed their name to Lotus. Permission was granted before being formally ratified at a meeting of the FIA World Motorsport Council. The team finished 10th in the Constructors Championship in 2011, with three 13th place finishes; two from Trulli, the other from Kovalainen.
For the 2012 season, the team had originally kept its line-up of Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen for a third season, but in February the team announced that it had signed Vitaly Petrov in Trulli’s place for the upcoming championship season.
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