Caterham announces further team restructuring
The Caterham F1 Team has announced further details of its management restructuring ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring.
Prior to the British Grand Prix it was announced that Tony Fernandes had sold the team to a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors, with Colin Kolles taking up an advisory role with Caterham and ex-F1 driver Christijan Albers taking over the day-to-day running of the outfit with assistance from Manfredi Ravetto.
Now Albers has been officially confirmed as team principal of the Leafield-based outfit, while several other appointments have been made. Simon Shinkins has joined Caterham as COO and Miodrag Kotur, who previously worked for Ferrari and Group Lotus, is now team manager.
Michael Willmer is the team’s new director of illegal affairs and Gianluca Pisanello has been promoted to the role of head of trackside engineering.
Finally John Iley is now Caterham’s technical director and will lead the work on improving this year’s CT05, as well as the team’s 2015 machine.
Caterham also confirmed that it has parted ways with a number of employees (reportedly over 40). “This is a necessary step taken by the new owners of Caterham F1 Team whose priority is the future of the team,” the statement read.
Yesterday it was also announced that Alexander Rossi had left his role as reserve driver at the team, as well as exiting its GP2 outfit as well.
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