News round up: Abiteboul new Caterham team principal and other news

Caterham today announced that Cyril Abiteboul would be replacing Tony Fernandes as team principal with immediate effect .

The announcement means that Abiteboul will become F1s youngest team principal at just 35 years old.

Abiteboul was appointed Caterham Chief Executive Officer in September and is the former deputy chairman of Renault Sport, who supply Caterhams engines.

Fernandes will remain as owner of Caterham but will no longer have any say in how the team is run over race weekends.

Caterham are currently 11th in the constructors championship with just two races left to run. Finishing 10th would give them more financial benefits as they look to progress next year.

Davide Valsecchi topped the time sheets on the final day of the young drivers test in Abu Dhabi.

Driving for Lotus the 2012 GP2 champion finished the day fastest ahead of Kevin Magnussen for McLaren. Magnussen had topped the time sheets on Tuesday for McLaren.

Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez finished in third position on the final day with it looking likely that he will be confirmed as the second driver for 2013 alongside Nico Hulkenberg at Sauber.

Robin Frijins was fourth for Red Bull whilst Oliver Turvey finished the session fifth for McLaren after taking over from Magnussen for the afternoon. Luiz Razia was sixth in the Toro Rosso ahead of Alexander Rossi in the Caterham.

F1s drivers have been advised to refrain from swearing in interviews after Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel both swore on the podium during their post race interviews on Sunday.

The FIA sent letters to all of the sports teams asking them discourage their drivers from swearing in interviews.

The new podium interviews were introduced from the British Grand Prix by the FIA and are broadcast live to the world.

The BBC received 21 complaints about the swearing broadcast live on BBC1 and a further 28 complaints about the delay in the broadcast being available on BBC iplayer whilst the swearing was removed.


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