Caterham will race in Abu Dhabi

Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:51am EST
 
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - The Caterham Formula One team will race in next week's Abu Dhabi season-ender despite still falling short of a targeted 2.35 million pounds ($3.7 million) to get them there, an administrator said.

A tally on crowdfunding website www.crowdcube.com showed the team, who have missed the last two races, had raised 1.87 million, or 79 percent of the target sum, with nine hours remaining.

Administrator Finbarr O'Connell, representing Smith & Williamson, said the team would be going anyway.

"We now head to Abu Dhabi ready to show what a hard-working and positive group of people this is and to hopefully secure a future for the team," he said in a statement.

"During the past few days the interest of many potential buyers has increased massively and by racing in Abu Dhabi the team will be showcasing itself as a live and functioning team that deserves to continue into 2015 and beyond."

The team's cars were being packed into transport containers on Friday, with the freight due to be flown to the Yas Marina circuit at the weekend.

O'Connell told Reuters three "seriously interested" buyers with F1 connections had emerged. He said talks with drivers, some with Formula One experience and others in need of a superlicence, were also advanced.

Caterham, who have yet to score a point in five seasons, went into administration last month after being overwhelmed by debts.   Continued...

 
Mechanics lift the car of Caterham Formula One driver Marcus Ericsson of Sweden during a stop in the pitlane during the second free practice session of the Russian F1 Grand Prix in the Sochi Autodrom circuit October 10, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov