View Full Version : Who didn't see this coming

May 25th, 2014, 04:50 PM
Here (http://www.f1times.co.uk/news/display/08914)

"The Edge Malaysia reports Fernandes is looking for a buyer for the Caterham Group, which includes Caterham Cars, the F1 team and its engineering companies such as Caterham Composites."

Uh huh. This might end up badly for our favorite car company.

May 27th, 2014, 09:24 AM

/Magnus F.

May 27th, 2014, 12:33 PM

"Despite press rumours to the contrary, Caterham Group is not for sale.
The reports circulating this weekend are factually incorrect.
It is, however, true that the Group is actively searching for additional investment as it seeks to fulfil ambitious plans to develop."

Fernandes confirmed: "The Caterham Group is not for sale. We love what we build and we are always looking for further investment. This is no different to how we started AirAsia. Yes, we are constantly challenging ourselves and making decisions on everything from the structure to projects within the Group. That is normal business. That does not mean we are selling."

Read more at http://www.caterhamf1.com/news/2014/caterham-group-statement#56VYzo66CttfdiK6.99

May 27th, 2014, 02:00 PM
Translation: "Caterham is not for sale, but it is for sale."

/Magnus F.

June 13th, 2014, 06:24 AM
More news regarding Caterham here (http://skiddmark.com/2014/06/caterham-2/)

Predictable, given the termination of the Renault collaboration project. Less so is the exodus on their own volition the article mentions. This implies that the people there really are smart, and can see the writing on the wall.

This is following a familiar pattern. I can remember a string of news like this out of Hethel many years ago as the toilet-bowl effect took over Lotus.

Putting on my Karnak swami hat for the moment, for me the only real question going forward is how TF will choose to rip the carcass of the Group apart, and whether the motorcar business will be picked up by someone genuinely interested and decent (like the previous group & Ansar Ali) or just scavengers.

Edit: Pick up those Caterham F1 souvenirs while you can. Here (http://www.grandprix247.com/2014/06/13/is-it-the-end-of-the-road-for-caterham-f1-team/)

June 27th, 2014, 08:18 AM
“ @tonyfernandes F1 hasn’t worked but love Caterham Cars.”

Then Tony deleted his twitter account.

So looks like F1 is over... but no word on Cars.

June 28th, 2014, 03:55 PM
Yeah, I saw that on BC. I get where he's coming from if what he said about the budget limits is true. He's not the 1st guy the Poison Dwarf has run out of town, and won't be the last.

I like the fact that he's keeping the GP2 team. They've had moderate success w/ it. Too bad Rossi won't have as easy a top rung anymore, if the F1 team could be called that.

The BBC article I read quoted him as saying he would keep the car biz. His stewardship of the car company has been ok. He's trying new things and so forth, and seems enthusiastic about them. Jury's out though and I guess time will reveal all.