Charles Pic has today been announced as one of Caterham F1 Team’s race drivers for the 2013 season and beyond.
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Tony Fernandes has confirmed reports he is stepping down as boss of his formula one team Caterham.
That might be news for team driver Heikki Kovalainen, who earlier played down the rumours when asked by the Finnish broadcaster MTV3. “Tony told me recently that he is 100 per cent committed to the team,” he was quoted as saying.
“I am delighted that Cyril has accepted our offer to join us as CEO of Caterham F1 Team” – Riad Asmat
Caterham F1 Team has today confirmed that Cyril Abiteboul will join the team as CEO, responsible for all the team’s on and off-track operations and reporting to Caterham Group CEO Riad Asmat and Chairman Tony Fernandes. Until January 2013 Cyril, currently Deputy Managing Director of Renault Sport F1, will split his duties between Caterham F1 Team and Renault Sport F1 to finalise ongoing projects.
F1 engine supplier Renault is now devoting 70 per cent of its efforts into the sport’s new 6-cylinder turbo formula for 2014.
This year’s championship and the next are the last in which the cars will be powered by the current generation of normally-aspirated V8s. “We are now working 70 per cent on the new engine,” Red Bull supplier Renault Sport F1’s Jean-Francois Caubet told Germany’s Auto Bild.
Red Bull has devised a “clever” way of reclaiming some of the downforce lost through the banning of blown diffusers.
That is the claim of Jean Francois Caubet, who is in charge of the team’s engine supplier Renault. Red Bull, the reigning back to back world champions, and Renault Sport F1 have worked more closely than ever before ahead of their 2012 title defence.
Renault prepares for the launch of the 2012 season as first pre-season test gets underway at Jerez
Renault Sport F1’s preparations for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship stepped up as the first of the three pre-season tests got underway today at the Jerez Circuit, Spain. Each of Renault’s four partners, Red Bull Racing, Williams F1 Team, Caterham F1 Team and Lotus F1 Team, put their new 2012 challengers through their paces for the first time following individual media launches.
Lotus – the former Renault team – will continue to receive the French carmaker’s backing in 2012.
The Renault chassis name has now departed the grid, but Renault remains one of F1’s few engine suppliers. While the French marque’s focus is the championship-winning Red Bull team, the word ‘Renault’ remains prominent on Lotus’ new black and gold E20 car livery.
Team Lotus stays with Red Bull and Renault for 2013
Team Lotus and Renault Sport F1 have confirmed that their existing engine deal is to be extended for a further year to the end of 2013 and the end of the V8 engine formula, with the aim to continue working together when the new engine regulations come into force. Renault Sport F1 and Red Bull Technology will also provide the Anglo-Malaysian squad with KERS systems for the first time for the duration of the agreement.
F1’s major engine manufacturers want the FIA to drop regulations that guarantee customers for their rivals.
Currently, there are four engine makers on the grid — Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault and Cosworth. The latter independent supplier, however, is reportedly fighting for customers for 2012 and beyond, with Williams switching to Renault and rumours HRT could follow Team Lotus in also ending its association with Cosworth.
Red Bull is now the works Renault team.
That is the claim of Red Bull principal Christian Horner, after the team’s new engine supply deal with Renault Sport F1 was announced at Monza. It was announced not only that Renault engines will continue to power the Red Bull cars through 2017, but that the parties will collaborate “to develop innovative technical solutions” for the new V6 engine of 2014.
Red Bull Racing and Renault Sport F1 are pleased to confirm the extension of their successful partnership for a further five years.
The new fuel efficient 1.6L V6-turbo power unit to be introduced from 2014 will be incorporated in the framework of an enhanced collaboration. Building upon the existing world-championship winning partnership, Renault Sport F1 will continue to supply V8 engines and KERS Motor Generator Units to Red Bull Racing for 2012 and 2013, with the new agreement repositioning the relationship between Red Bull Racing and Renault to a premium technical co-operation.
Williams will not be getting an early taste of its 2012 power plant.
The British team, currently Cosworth powered, will reunite the famous title-winning Williams-Renault alliance next year. But Renault Sport F1 chief Jean-Francois Caubet played down speculation the new combination will get a head-start on the test track.
“We want to know what to do rather than delay or defer”
Engine supplier Renault has confirmed its serious concerns about the dithering over formula one’s engine regulations for 2013. FIA president Jean Todt wants to push ahead with the ‘greener’ four-cylinder turbo route, but has admitted the rules might be delayed due to concerns expressed by Cosworth, Ferrari and Mercedes.
“As I said before, we will not change (the 2013 rules)” – Todt
F1 is racing ahead with its four-cylinder turbo engine formula, despite speculation the sport was pushing to have the scheduled 2013 regulations repealed. FIA president Jean Todt, and his engine deputy Gilles Simon, met with the engine manufacturers in Barcelona on Saturday, amid rumours at least three of the sport’s four suppliers now wanted to stick with the current V8 technology beyond 2012.
Rumours in Turkey last weekend said the troubled British independent Williams is considering switching from Cosworth. Renault Sport F1, now only an engine supplier in formula one, currently supplies the two Lotus teams as well as Red Bull.
“Simply put, the more fuel burned, the more exhaust is produced and potentially more downforce”
Renault’s 2011 engine is helping customer teams to speed into dominance in the crucial area of aerodynamics, the French marque has claimed. Supplying identical V8 power plants to the Red Bull, Renault and Lotus teams, Renault Sport F1 revealed in a statement that its engines burned “10 per cent more fuel than normal” in Melbourne two weeks ago.
“Volkswagen, Honda and Hyundai”
Three car makers have been named as potential candidates to enter formula one after the engine rules change in 2013. Jean-Francois Caubet, managing director of F1 engine supplier Renault Sport F1, said “Volkswagen, Honda and Hyundai” could launch forays when the turbocharged four-cylinder power plants replace the current 2.4 litre V8s.
“The dossier of the FIA speaks for itself”
Renault sees the new engine formula for 2013 as a great opportunity, managing director Jean Francois Caubet has confirmed. The French carmaker has withdrawn as a team owner of the Enstone based team that bears its name, but remains committed to supplying engines for at least the next three years.
Tung’s manager quiet amid Renault seat reports
The sale of a “large stake” of Renault’s formula one team will halve the French carmaker’s annual spend on the sport. The team’s managing director Jean-Francois Caubet is quoted by French language reports as saying: “Between the net cost for Renault in 2009 and 2010, it (the cost) has been halved.”