Caterham CT05 and Williams FW36 break cover at Jerez
Caterham and Williams became the latest teams to reveal their 2014 Formula One cars, as the CT05 and FW36 both made their track debuts on Tuesday afternoon at Jerez.
Caterham had originally planned to officially unveil the CT05 on Tuesday morning, ahead of the first day of pre-season testing, but problems with the car meant the launch was delayed.
The new car features an ‘anteater’ style nose, in similar style to that of Force India and Toro Rosso, but in the Caterham’s case it is far more prominent in its appearance, as the elongated point reaches from the front wing up to a stepped upper element, similar in style to what was seen in 2012.
GP2 graduate Marcus Ericsson, who will be joined at the Leafield-based squad in 2014 by former Sauber man Kamui Kobayashi, was at the wheel of the Renault-powered car for its first official track outing.
The Swede will return to the wheel of the CT05 on Wednesday, before handing over to the team’s test and reserve driver Robin Frijns, with the aforementioned Kobayashi set to have his first taste of the all-new Caterham on Thursday, the final day of the Jerez test.
Williams last week released a pre-rendered image of their all-new car, but Valtteri Bottas’ late appearance around the Spanish circuit marked the first time that the FW36 had been seen in the flesh.
The Finn will run the team’s new car on Tuesday and Wednesday before Felipe Massa takes over at the wheel, as the Brazilian gets his first run for Williams.
As confirmed last week, Williams will run a ‘heritage’ livery throughout the testing period, with the team’s full livery due to be unveiled before the season opener in Australia.
Caterham and Williams enter the new season hopeful that they can bounce back from what was a difficult 2013 for both teams.
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