Caterham has announced it will move into its new factory after this weekend’s Hungarian grand prix.
It emerged in January that the Tony Fernandes-led team would relocate to the former Arrows and Super Aguri facility in Leafield, Oxfordshire. From its 2010 inception, the former Team Lotus has been based in Hingham, Norfolk.
“With Leafield open for business, we have put in place the next vital stage for the continuing development of all the Caterham Group businesses,” said Malaysian entrepreneur Fernandes, referring not only to his F1 team, but also Caterham’s GP2 and road car arms. “The first task is to refurbish the whole site and prepare it for a long and successful future,” he added.
Fernandes said the refurbishment will be finished in late October.
A German tool design and construction company have bought up the fixed assets of Super Aguri which were sold on by the liquidators of the F1 team. Formtech, who manufacture high-precision parts for the automotive and F1 industries, will be using the ex-Super Aguri centre in Leafield to expand into the composite manufacturer and supplier market. The company will also be employing several of the Super Aguri staff.
“Formtech is pleased to be able to take advantage of this unique business opportunity,” Formetch s managing director Franz Hilmer said.
“With our plans of company growth and manufacturing expansion, the location at the Leafield Technical Centre enables us to establish a presence in an important geographical area for motorsport engineering.
“We shall be employing a number of ex-Super Aguri staff who are experienced in the field of composite design and manufacturing and make full use of the sites spacious facilities and up-to-date machinery.
“A further goal of Formtech is to attract suitable individuals and companies with aspirations of running their own motorsport team to purchase the F1 race equipment from Formtech.”
Anthony Davidson, formerly an F1 driver for Super Aguri, has blasted Ferrari s Felipe Massa s performance at the weekend. The Brit has said that Massa is always one of the first to point fingers when one of the slower drivers makes an error, however he did exactly the thing during the British Grand Prix.
Massa had a dismal race at Silverstone, spinning five times during the race and finishing two laps down in last place. Massa also appeared to infuriate some of the drivers by not getting out of the way quickly enough when blue flags were waved at him.
“He is always the first to stand up in a drivers meeting and complain about what people like me are doing when we get lapped,â€ Davidson said. “That s what you get, mate. There s a bit of blue flag action for you.