Caterham F1 Team unveils CT03 as F1 testing 2013 commences at Jerez.
The Caterham F1 Team has unveiled its 2013 challenger the CT03 minutes before the opening F1 test at the Jerez circuit.
The new CT03 was unveiled by its new driver pairing of Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde. The familiar green and yellow livery of the car remains although it has been ¬ refreshed and lightened for the new season. The new CT03 does still feature a stepped nose design.
As has been a familiar pattern with other F1 teams so far Caterham F1 has described the new car as an evolutionary design rather than a complete redesign allowing the team to focus on areas of improvement that will deliver the biggest return while allowing them to also focus on the sweeping regulation changes coming in 2014.
Key changes from last year’s car are in the side pod area around the lower chassis at the rear where undercutting has improved airflow to the rear of the car. there have also been major changes to the diffuser, engine cover and cooling exits and other more subtle improvements to other areas of the car.
Tony Fernandes Co-Chairman Caterham Group commented “For me this is going to be the story of the 2013 season every team wants to be as competitive as possible this year, but with such fundamental rule changes next year resources and budgets dictate that there will have to be a cut-off point in the development of the current season cars so focus can be switched to 2014. We will bring updates to the car after several races and I am happy that the plan we have for 2013 will give us the chance to fight this year, but, importantly, will allow us to take full advantage of the new rules in 2014”.