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Marussia and Caterham: Do They Deserve to Be in F1 If They Can’t Catch Up?

Back markers, mobile chicanes, call them what you like, but they’ve been in Formula One pretty much from the outset. Of course, they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, and many champions have voiced their grievances at having a result compromised by a slower car holding them up. But they are there for a reason, and it is my contention that they are a necessary part of the grid. There are three tiers of team currently in F1. The front-runners consist of those who have won or are capable of winning races, currently Red Bull, Mercedes, Lotus and Ferrari. Next come the midfield teams of which McLaren have slipped into to join the likes of Force India, Toro Rosso and Sauber. Then we have the back markers, to which Caterham and Maru...

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