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New team deputy Manfredi Ravetto has confirmed Caterham will debut a new nose at this weekend’s Belgian grand prix.
After founder Tony Fernandes’ exit and the new management’s ousting of 40 staff, the struggling backmarker team pressed the throttle on a development push in the hope of re-capturing the lucrative tenth in the constructors’ championship.
Kamui Kobayashi has backed the sweeping changes at Caterham, even though it has put his formula one future in doubt.
Caterham has hit back after it emerged sacked staff are moving to sue the backmarker team’s new management.
Earlier in July, following founder Tony Fernandes’ sale of the green-coloured team to mysterious Swiss-Middle Eastern investors, new bosses Colin Kolles and Christijan Albers ousted about 40 of Caterham’s Leafield-based workforce.
Caterham is facing legal action after sacking 40 members of staff earlier this month.
As team founder Tony Fernandes departed and mysterious Swiss-based Middle Eastern investors led by Colin Kolles moved in, Caterham announced that the departures were “a necessary step” for the “future of the team”.
Jobs will be lost after Caterham’s change of ownership, new team ‘advisor’ Colin Kolles has admitted.
“I prefer to have 200 safe jobs than 300 lost jobs,” the Romanian, who has appointed former Minardi driver Christijan Albers to front the team now owned by mystery Swiss-Middle Eastern owners, told Reuters.
Changes are afoot at Caterham, mere days after the team’s takeover by mysterious investors.
“We’re not even a week into this new chapter in the team’s life,” said new boss Christijan Albers, “but we’ve already seen just how hard everyone at the track and at the factory is prepared to work to push us forwards.”