There has been a reshuffling in the Caterham team’s ranks, with Mark Smith promoted to the role of Technical Director from Mike Gascoyne, who now assumes a broader role as the Chief Technical Officer for the entire Caterham Group.
Gascoyne – formerly a technical director with Jordan, Benetton/Renault, Toyota and Force India – joined the Hingham team in the lead-up to its Formula 1 debut in 2010, and he will now assume control of proposing, supporting and coordinating technical initiatives for Caterham’s F1 and GP2 Series teams, as well as Caterham Cars, Caterham Composites and Caterham Technology & Innovation.
Despite his higher position, Gascoyne will be a regular attendee at Grands Prix during the season.
“My new role will now give me the chance to help drive value across the whole group through the creation and delivery of new projects in all the sectors we are already working in, and opening up new opportunities for each of the Group’s companies to embrace,” Gascoyne is quoted as saying in the team’s announcement.
“Mark Smith is exactly the right person to step up to the broader role he will now be taking on in the F1 team, and I am looking forward to working even more closely with Mark Edwards at Caterham Technology & Innovation, Phil Hall at Caterham Composites and Ansar Ali at Caterham Cars.
“This is a big challenge but one I am extremely excited about and I want to thank our shareholders for this opportunity.”