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Caterham’s Loss of Patience Meant Wheels Were Bound to Fall off Its F1 Wagon

For their opening three seasons in Formula One, Caterham looked like the only credible motor racing operation among the three "new teams."While HRT, the Spanish outfit, were always heading towards extinction and Virgin, who would later become Marussia, encountered a number of calamities—the most notable of which saw the team participate with a fuel tank that was too small to reach the end of a race—Caterham, formerly known as Lotus, seemed to have a plan.That much was clear in the respective driver line-ups of each team.Caterham, for 2010 and 2011, employed two former grand prix winners in Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli—who was replaced by Vitaly Petrov, a one-time podium finisher, in 2012—while HRT, by the end, ...

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