Caterham F1 team lays off over 40 members of staff in restructure

Caterham has axed more than 40 members of staff as part of a major restructuring that has taken place under its new owners

Caterham F1 team lays off over 40 members of staff in restructure

Following the buy-out by an unidentified group of Swiss and Middle Eastern backers, their advisor Colin Kolles and team principal Christijan Albers have made moves to try to secure the future of the team.

Part of their efforts have been focused on making the team more efficient, which is why it has moved to reduce the staffing numbers.

Among the people who have been laid off are team manager Graham Watson, head of track operations Gerry Hughes and deputy technical director Jody Eggington.

A statement from Caterham said that losing staff was "a necessary step taken by the new owners of Caterham whose priority is the future of the team."

As well as reducing staff numbers, Caterham's new chiefs have put in place a new overall structure.

Albers will be supported by general manager Manfredi Ravetto, with Simon Shinkins joining the outfit as COO.

Former Ferrari head of logistics Miodrag Kotur will replace Watson as team manager, with Gianluca Pisanello being promoted to head of track engineering.

John Iley has been made technical director to lead the team on its 2014 and 2015 car projects.

The team revealed earlier this month that it has given the green light to invest in an upgrade package that it hopes to bring for the Belgian Grand Prix.

shares
comments
Whiting grilled by the F1 paddock

Previous article

Whiting grilled by the F1 paddock

Next article

Formula 1 teams face final call on FRIC ahead of German GP

Formula 1 teams face final call on FRIC ahead of German GP
Load comments
How Ferrari has brought the best from F1’s smooth operator Plus

How Ferrari has brought the best from F1’s smooth operator

As a young boy, Carlos Sainz was schooled by his father in the special folklore surrounding Ferrari in Formula 1. Now an established grand prix ace – and a Ferrari driver to boot – Sainz opens up to BEN ANDERSON about driving for the team of his childhood hero, and of his own boyhood dreams

How Hungarian GP thriller sounded alarm bell for F1 2022 cars Plus

How Hungarian GP thriller sounded alarm bell for F1 2022 cars

OPINION: The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix may not have been a thrill-a-minute overtaking fest, but it's a race that will live long in the memory as one of the best of the current era of Formula 1. And as F1 moves to regulations in 2022 aimed at boosting overtaking, Hungary showed the balance it must strike with its new machinery as not to deny similarly tense spectacles

Was Hamilton's Hungary solo start a good or bad look for F1? Plus

Was Hamilton's Hungary solo start a good or bad look for F1?

OPINION: Different perspectives had Lewis Hamilton’s solo second standing start in Formula 1’s 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix as fabulous or farcical. But did it make the championship appear too silly for the sake of a moment of high-charged sporting drama?

Formula 1
Aug 4, 2021
Why unseen Hungary heroics could be the making of F1's most overlooked driver Plus

Why unseen Hungary heroics could be the making of F1's most overlooked driver

The chaotic start to the Hungarian GP set the scene for F1's less heralded drivers to make a name for themselves. Esteban Ocon did just that to win in fine style, but further down the order one driver was making his first visit to the points and - while the circumstances were fortunate - took full advantage of the chance presented to him

Formula 1
Aug 3, 2021
Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

This was race that showcased the best and worst of Formula 1, producing a first time winner and a memorable comeback to a podium finish. Avoiding trouble at the start and astute strategy calls were key to success, but where some drivers took full advantage, others made key errors that cost them dearly

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2021
The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph Plus

The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph

Set to restart the red-flagged Hungarian Grand Prix in second, Esteban Ocon had some doubts when he peeled into the pits to swap his intermediate tyres for slicks. But this "heart-breaking" call was vindicated in spectacular fashion as the Alpine driver staved off race-long pressure from Sebastian Vettel for a memorable maiden Formula 1 victory

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021
Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track' Plus

Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track'

Mercedes ended Friday practice at the Hungaroring with a clear gap to Red Bull thanks to Valtteri Bottas’s pace in topping FP2. But there are other reasons why the Black Arrows squad feels satisfied with its progress so far at a track many Formula 1 observers reckon favours Red Bull overall

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021