In the final installment of “Team Expectations”, I will be talking about the two backmarker teams and what they should expect from the 2013 season, and what they can do to ensure success.
While it looks like Heikki Kovalainen won’t be on the grid in 2013, hopes should still be high for the new season.
Gaining Charles Pic for 2013 and beyond was a good move. I think he could be a long term driver who the team can build themselves around. Their other seat, yet to be announced, is still up for grabs. Though. Whoever Caterham choose, he needs to fast, reliable but also bring money. Money is the only thing that will bring Caterham up the grid fast.
With the regulations largely unaltered for 2013, I don’t expect Caterham to make any huge progress. They have everything going against them: barely any money and not many employees. 2014 is when I expect Caterham to make the step they need to the midfield.
With the news of Tomorrow Glock’s departure, Marussia have said they are still confident for 2013. New recruit, Max Chilton is the fourth in as many years for the team. One hopes they can find some stability now that their most experience driver has left.
Getting KERS for 2013 should help the team a lot. Especially when you consider how they closed the gap to the KERS-powered Caterham significantly at the end of last season.
I expect Marussia to have a new engine supplier in 2014, most likely Mercedes, given their connections with Mclaren.
All of these new and potential mechanical additions to the team in the near future gives me the hunch that Maurssia will be the first of the “new” teams to score a point.