Tony Fernandes: Caterham not disheartened by failure to score F1 point

Caterham team principal Tony Fernandes says his team is not getting disheartened by its failure to yet score a point

Tony Fernandes: Caterham not disheartened by failure to score F1 point

As the outfit begins the next chapter of its life at its new Leafield factory, Fernandes concedes there has been disappointment at its lack of results so far.

However, he believes that the trials that the outfit has faced - which has included court battles with Group Lotus and Force India - shows that there is a fighting spirit that is vital if it is to achieve its aims.

"We have not scored our first point yet, and we have much more work to do to chip away at that gap to the pack ahead, which is now less than one second," he explained.

"It is fair to say we are disappointed with where we are, as I am sure many people who follow us are," he explained.

"However, the belief that we can achieve what we have set out to is what drives us on and we have to remember that just 35 months ago we did not even exist.

"Since the first day of this team we have had to fight extremely hard and, off track, we have had to deal with two major court cases.

"Both cases we have had to face, with Group Lotus and Force India, have been painful processes, for the team and personally for everybody involved, but we have not let them distract us.

"Whilst those fights were being won in court we have continued to make significant progress on track, particularly compared to the other two teams who joined the sport at the same time as us.

"We are absolutely determined to keep building on that progress and use the passion we have to join the midfield to keep pushing us forwards, and we will get there.

"We have everything in place to accomplish our goals and with the fierce determination we have to succeed we can kick on from there and keep climbing up the grid."

Fernandes has also announced that his outfit will reveal a major new sponsor at this weekend's Belgian GP.

"We will be unveiling that new partnership on the Thursday of the race weekend and that will send out another very powerful message about how serious we are about taking the fight to the teams ahead," he said.

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