16.07.2012: Caterham Group has today confirmed that work has started on Monday July 16th at the Leafield
Caterham Group has today confirmed that work has started on Monday July 16th at the Leafield Technical Centre in Oxfordshire, the new global base for the motorsport, automotive and technology business that comprises Caterham F1 Team, Caterham Racing (GP2), Caterham Cars, Caterham Composites and CTI (Caterham Technology and Innovation).
A complete renovation and refurbishment of Caterham Group’s new home, in the middle of what is known as ‘Motorsport Valley’, has now started and the first arm of the business to move into Leafield will be Caterham F1 Team which will return to Oxfordshire after the Hungarian Grand Prix in late July.
It is less than three years since the first building blocks of what has now become Caterham Group were put in place by Tony Fernandes and his fellow shareholders when they were granted entry to the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship in September 2009. W
ith work now starting at Leafield Tony Fernandes is excited to see how far his dream has come in under 36 months: “It is hard to believe that it is less than three years since we first walked into the empty factory in Hingham where we started the F1 team back in 2009. At that point we had four full-time employees, a couple of notepads and a rather daunting joblist that many people said was utterly unachievable.
While the F1 team was building up fast, we also had a plan to lay the foundations for an automotive and technology focused group of businesses that would allow us to compete with some of the most famous motorsport and car brands on and off track, through innovation, passion and value.
We wanted to support the road and racing operations with a range of associated companies that would specialise in the high-tech materials that are so prevalent in F1, allowing us to tap into a creative and technical pool of talent that are usually focused on winning on track or improving handling on the road, applying their expertise, ideas and knowledge to any industry that could benefit from world-class thinking.
“We have had a couple of well documented issues along the way, but we are now in the middle of 2012, 34 months since work started on our first F1 car and I think we have reached the most important point in our development so far. Caterham Group is now the embodiment of all the ideas and dreams we had in 2009 and now, with Leafield open for business, we have put in place the next vital stage for the continuing development of all the Caterham Group businesses.
“The F1 and GP2 teams will be first in place in Leafield, and Caterham Cars will be moving its HQ to Leafield in due course. Caterham Composites will remain in Norfolk and CTI will retain its offices in Germany whilst expanding production into the Hingham site to join Caterham Composites at the base we have owned since ’09. These are important moves, not only for the incredible staff we have in place in each of our businesses, but also for the message it sends to our partners, suppliers, local communities and our competition.
We are now a multi-faceted group of world-leading companies existing in harmony within a clear group structure that provides enormous room for growth. Under the Leafield HQ we have another major site fully operational in Hingham and through the nature of our work and the people we employ, we have a truly global outlook.
“To any observer of what we have achieved in such a short space of time this is incredible. From a starting point of zero we now have more than 500 staff working on a range of extremely exciting projects. Our F1 team is about to make the final step to join the established teams ahead, our GP2 team has already won in Monaco and we will soon start sharing the plans we have in place for Caterham Cars, fuelled by CTI who are leading the design and production concepts we have for our roadcar operation.
Caterham Composites will be making a couple of announcements in the next few months that will propel them to the forefront of their cutting-edge industry and, alongside the roadcar work, CTI is already branching into a number of new industries that will see their expertise showcased in some very surprising environments.
“Work has now started at Leafield. The first task is to refurbish the whole site and prepare it for a long and successful future. While that work is taking place the F1 team’s race trucks have left Hingham with our 2012 race cars for the last time. The next time they are back in the UK they will go straight to Leafield and that is excellent news for everybody associated with Caterham Group.
More than 200 of the F1 team staff are making the move to Oxfordshire over the next few weeks and when we have finished the refurbishment, in late October 2012, we will have a facility that will put us on a par with the teams we are trying to catch in F1.
Importantly, it will also give us the base we need to allow Caterham Group to achieve the impossible for many years to come. This is why I am so excited about what we have ahead of us, and this is why I am now dreaming of bigger, better and more ambitious plans than ever before.”
Riad Asmat, Caterham Group CEO: “I share Tony’s excitement about the future for Caterham Group and am also delighted that Leafield is now up and running. We have worked incredibly hard over the last three years to build a range of businesses that complement each other, have transferrable technology and skills-bases and allow us to attract the best people for each role.
Physically, Leafield is the next logical step in the growth of Caterham Group, its location alone allows us to access the pool of talent that is already in place throughout the UK’s motorsport valley, but it also plays an important role psychologically. An investment of the level the shareholders have made in Leafield is a sure sign of how long-term their plans for the Group are, and how serious they are about achieving success across all our businesses.
We could have taken the easy route – stayed in Hingham, worked with related partners on projects that would have still been cutting edge, but to be able to do everything we want under one banner and with the sort of HQ we now have in Leafield as the jewel in the crown – that takes huge commitment and an unshakable determination to be successful.
“We have a lot of hard work ahead of us but the challenge is what makes what we do so rewarding. In F1 we are closer than ever to achieving what we are still told is impossible and joining the fight with teams that, collectively, have been in the sport for centuries.
On the road we are in the final stages of confirming our first roadcar ventures since we took over Caterham Cars and Composites and CTI are recruiting daily to help them meet the growing demands of their existing and new clients, inside the group and across a variety of industry sectors. Now, with Leafield open, we can invite the world’s most prestigious brands from any industry sector to share our vision at our new home.”
Mark Smith, Technical Director Caterham F1 Team: “In common with most of the current employees of the F1 team I have moved back nearer to our new base in Leafield and I am very excited about the future this gives us, not just for the F1 team but Caterham Group as a whole.
The Leafield site is perfect for our needs in F1, GP2 and all our interests in motorsport now and in the future, and it also gives us the platform to expand into any industry that sees that we can provide new ideas and world-class performance.
“One of the immediate benefits of the move is in attracting people to come and work with us. Since I joined the team in 2011 I have been aware that there have been people we wanted to bring to Norfolk who were reluctant to move their families out of ‘motorsport valley’ where all the UK based F1 teams, and their associated supply chains and partners, are based.
There has never been an issue with people not sharing our vision, being as excited about our future as everyone who works with Tony and Riad are, but it was undeniable that geography may have prevented us from expanding at quite the rate we want to. Now Leafield is open we have no barriers.
We are in the heart of the motorsport industry, not only in the UK but worldwide, and we have an aggressive employment plan in place that will help us keep moving up the grid. With so much investment made in giving us this platform to work from now it is down to the people who work in Caterham Group and everybody we work with to help us keep achieving our goals and we could not ask for better motivation than that.”
German Grand Prix Preview20th-22nd JulyHockenheimring – 67 laps – 4.574 kmThe championship goes from one legendary circuit to another. The Hockenheimring was built by Mercedes-Benz in 1939 as a high-speed test track and it hosted t weiter >>
F1 in Schools™ eighth World Finals will be held in Abu Dhabi from 29th October to 31st October, with this prestigious event being held to coincide with the 2012 FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX. Over 250 students from weiter >>
Ma Qing Hua joined HRT Formula 1 Team’s young driver programme just three months ago and in this time he has been preparing with the team for the challenge of Formula 1. He finally had the opportunity to drive the F112 yesterday at the Young Dr weiter >>
10th of 20 Rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 20th to 22nd July 2012 After two very difficult race weekends in a row, the Sauber F1 Team wants to finish the first half of the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship season with a g weiter >>
Der zehnte Lauf der Formel 1-Saison 2012 ist für MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS das zweite Heimrennen in Folge. Der Große Preis von Deutschland findet am Sonntag, 22. Juli auf dem Hockenheimring statt, der 100 km vom Daimler-Konzernsitz und der Mercedes-Z weiter >>
GERMAN GP 2012 Hockenheim LOTUS F1 Team... The perfect weekend!”After a fighting performance to progress through the field at Silverstone, Romain Grosjean arrives in Hockenheim brimming with confi weiter >>
GERMAN GP 2012 Hockenheim LOTUS F1 TeamHe’s never won in Germany - whether in the European or German Grand Prix - the latter of which has seen Kimi Räikkönen retire six times. Can this finally be the year for the Iceman a weiter >>
GERMAN GRand Prix Hockenheimring Sebastian Vettel: “I’m looking forward to the German GP, hopefully there will be at least as many people supporting the German drivers as there were in Silverstone last weekend. weiter >>
Vom 20. bis 22. Juli auf der 92,4 FM beim „Großen Preis von Deutschland“Mit SWR3 sitzen die Rennsportfans bei der Formel 1 auf dem Hockenheimring quasi mit im Cockpit: Drei Tage lang sendet Deutschlands meistgehör weiter >>
....an Gymnasiasten aus MetzingenAm Samstag im Rahmen der Autogrammstunden übergibt Formel 1-Pilot Bruno Senna den Sonder-Kinderwelten Award 2012 an die Gymnasiasten des Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Gymnasiums aus Metzingen.Im Rahmen der Schulausschreibung 2011 unterstützte die Hockenheim-Ring GmbH den Verein Kinder weiter >>
Am Samstagvormittag, bei der Showbühne des Hockenheimrings, arbeiten 20-30 Kinder des Starkenburg-Gymnasiums aus Heppenheim zusammen mit dem Künstlerduo Corusan an einem gemeinsamen Kunstwerk für den Heppenheimer Formel 1- Pilot Sebastian Vettel. Jedes Kind wird in 2er Teams oder alleine eine Leinwand gestalten. “Wir geben den Kids gerne originelle un weiter >>
(Premiere) von Madame Tussauds am Samstag und Sonntag im Motor-Sport-Museum des HockenheimringsFür die vielen Sebastian Vettel Fans gibt es dieses Jahr am Hockenheimring die einmalige Chance, so nahe wie möglich an den Doppel-Weltmeister heran zu kommen. Der Red Bull Racing-Pilot ist der erste deutsche Rennfahrer überhaupt, der von dem legend&au weiter >>
Mark Webber Q & AWas signing with Red Bull Racing for 2013 an easy decision?MW: In the end, yes it was. It’s been an interesting few months, but overall the continuity and desire for me to continue at weiter >>
We’re delighted to announce that Mark Webber’s contract has been extended for another year, meaning the Australian, who won the British Grand Prix on Sunday for a second time, will continue to drive for the Te weiter >>
Fin de semaine encore en faveur de Ferrari, même si Red Bull a montré d’avoir la meilleure voiture de la course. En ce moment le pilote de Ferrari a gagné des points précieux pour le classement et a weiter >>
Red Bull driver Mark Webber has taken his second win of the season at the British Grand Prix, following an intense battle with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in the closing laps that centred around tyre strategy. Webber now c weiter >>
After the only wet qualifying session of the year so far, characterised by varying levels of grip and a red flag that interrupted Q2 for more than an hour and a half, Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso claimed a dramatic first pole position f weiter >>
BRITISH GRAND PRIX SILVERSTONESATURDAY 07 JULY 2012Red Bull RacingMark Webber“I raced here in ’95 for first time so I’ve been round this track a few times. It was a tight session today with very mixed conditions. The cars are difficult to handle when it’s like that. In every ses weiter >>
Yellow flag is waved. Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, EnglandSilverstone are expected to announce formal plans for race day arrangements later on Saturday. For the latest information visit www.silverstone.co.uk. weiter >>
BRITISH GRAND PRIX SILVERSTONE FRIDAY Red Bull RacingSebastian Vettel“If there’s too much standing water on track we can’t go out, as we aquaplane pretty quickly. I think Senna went off and it shows how quickly it can happen. It’s a real shame for the fans sitting in the grandstands waiting for the cars to weiter >>
Lotus F1 team is delighted to announce that it will join forces with The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight motion picture trilogy, this weekend at Silverstone for the 2012 British Grand Prix (06-08 July). To celebrate the partnership both Lotus F1 Team cars - in addition to the team’s garage, driver helmets and overalls - wil weiter >>
Nun ist die Fußball- EM vorbei und nach einem letztendlich leider enttäuschenden Abtritt der deutschen Nationalelf im Halbfinale, kann sich der deutsche Sportfan jetzt auf das größte Sportereignis Deutschlands vorbereiten und hoffen, dass e weiter >>
The British Grand Prix from a tyre point of view: Silverstone, 6-8 July 2012What’s the story?Milan, July 2, 2012 – After three consecutive street circuits, Formula One returns to one of the most traditional per weiter >>
Preview – British Grand Prix9th of 20 Rounds of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 6th to 8th July 2012 After mixed fortunes at the recent European Grand Prix, the Sauber F1 Team has higher expectations for the weekend of the Brit weiter >>
Silverstone facts & statsSilverstone is inextricably linked with Formula 1: the circuit staged the opening round of the inaugural world championship in 1950 and has been the exclusive home of the British Grand Prix since 1987. weiter >>
2012 BRITISH GRAND PRIX SILVERSTONE 6-8 JULYRound Nine of the 2012 Formula One World Championship is the British Grand Prix on Sunday 8 July. The second home race of the year for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team takes place at Silverstone, lo weiter >>
BRITISH Grand Prix Silverstone 2012 Running strongly in second place, with very good potential to go one place better, was a real coming of age for Romain in the European Grand Prix. Cruel fate intervened however, as an alternator ab weiter >>
BRITISH Grand Prix Silverstone 2012 After a strong second place in Valencia, Kimi is even more focused on attaining that elusive top step as he heads to one of his favourite circuits of the year; SilverstoneHow d weiter >>
Mark Webber: “I’m really looking forward to the British Grand Prix and racing in front of a sell-out crowd that’s passionate about F1. Many of them will be there to cheer on the Brits, so there’s some irony in the fact t weiter >>
British Grand Prix Preview6th-8th JulySilverstone – 52 laps – 5.891 kmFormula 1 is coming back home as Silverstone is where it all began in 1950 when the first race in the history of the World Championship took place. This weiter >>
It was a mixture of nerves, excitement and pride for a team of 14-year-old students from Robert May’s School, Odiham, Hampshire, when they made a presentation at the inaugural FIA Women in Motorsport National Coordinators’ seminar, held in Pari weiter >>
Die Spannung steigt, weniger als 4 Wochen bleiben bis zum Rennwochenende vom 20.-22. Juli 2012 auf dem Hockenheimring, dem Höhepunkt der Formel 1 in Deutschland. Und ein vielversprechendes Rennen kann auch in Hockenheim erwartet werden: weiter >>
Contrairement aux saisons passées, Valence nous a donné un Grand Prix mémorable avec un Fernando Alonso vraiment superlatif même pour les dépassements que pour la confiance montrée.Superlative a été aussi l’équipe Ferrari, surtout après un mauvais samedi ( même s’il é weiter >>
EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX VALENCIA SUNDAY 24 JUNE 2012Red Bull RacingMark Webber“I’m very happy with that, obviously it’s been a tough weekend up until today, but you never know what’s going to happen. In the middle of the race I wasn’t too happy and I didn’t really know what was going on. Then there weiter >>
By using a two-stop strategy, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso became the first driver to win two races in the 2012 season, taking the championship lead thanks to an emotional victory on home territory. Alonso qualified 11th on the grid but made up 10 places with two short stin weiter >>
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel is now the third most successful qualifier in Formula One history, joining Jim Clark and Alain Prost on 33 pole positions, after using Pirelli P Zero Yellow soft tyres to set a time of 1m38.086s in Vale weiter >>