The Caterham team was in deep trouble after they declared bankruptcy few weeks back and had to miss out 2 races. Their only option was to get an investor ready before next season, but that demanded them to finish the season, racing at the Abu Dhabhi GP. Racing in an F1 is not as simple as it sounds like, and it requires multi-million dollars for a single race. So the Caterham launched a crowd-funding campaign, in which they succeeded.
But that was not the end of the trouble for the team, as the drivers were not finalized, one day before the race too. Marcus Ericsson, the usual driver, jumped to Sauber, leaving the already troubled team, with only one driver, Kamui Kobayashi. But now, it seems like, everything is in-line for the team, as the team has announced its seat to newcomer Will Stevens, to compete in the last and final race of the 2014 season.
You must never have heard about Stevens before, and there's a good reason for that, because he's never competed in the F1 before. Not only F1, he has never competed in any of the GP2,GP3 or Formula 3 series. The 23 year old Briton has tested for Caterham before, but getting a direct entry to the big league, has left many wondering!
Will Stevens said "I'm absolutely thrilled to be getting this opportunity and am very grateful to everyone involved at Caterham F1 Team for giving it to me. I feel ready for the challenge of my F1 debut and look forward to working as part of the Team in a race environment after all the work we've done together previously in the tests I've completed and back at Leafield in the sim. Hopefully this will be something we will be able to carry through to the 2015 season together".
As we pointed out in our previous report, many were waiting to race for the team, and the decision to choose Stevens over the likes of team's official test driver Roberto Merhi and the three-time Le Mans winner Andre Lotterer, surely will require this rookie to prove his worth.