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Caterham F1 Team to race in Abu Dhabi

The Caterham F1 Team announced that it will be racing at the final Formula 1 Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi next week thanks to the support of the fans, who have helped the team raise enough money to make it possible through Crowdcube, the world’s leading investment crowdfunding platform.

Finbarr O’Connell of Smith & Williamson, joint administrator of Caterham Sports Limited: “We set ourselves a major challenge, but it’s definitely been worth it! In only a week the fans have made the impossible, possible. We knew that the best way to keep this team alive and attract possible buyers was to show that it’s still a racing team and be in Abu Dhabi for the finale, and there aren’t enough words to say how grateful we are to all the fans that have made this possible.

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Rosberg beats Hamilton at Interlagos to keep Championship alive

Nico Rosberg took victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix after a race-long battle with team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who completed a record-breaking one-two finish for the Silver Arrows at Interlagos. Nico took his fifth victory of the season, Lewis his 15th podium finish from eighteen races.  Felipe Massa finished third, allowing Williams to extended its advantage over Ferrari for third in the Constructors’ Championship to 44 points. Felipe incurred a 5-second penalty after his first pitstop for speeding in the pitlane, but had enough pace to retain his third place and drove a consistent race to finish on the podium.

The 11th one-two finish of 2014 for the Mercedes team is a new all-time record, surpassing the previous best set in that same year. A 15th win of 2014 for the Silver Arrows equals the highest number of victories scored in a single season set by McLaren in 1988. Lewis and Nico head into the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi with just 17 points separating them in the Drivers' Championship. The team now has 651 Constructors' Championship points - the most ever scored in a single season - surpassing the total set by Red Bull in 2011 with one race remaining.

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Caterham F1 Team raises over £1m in less than 48hours

The Caterham F1 Team launched the #RefuelCaterhamF1 project on Friday 7 November in order to power the team to go racing in Abu Dhabi and hopefully beyond. The team will reward both fans and sponsors in this unique opportunity to be the driving force behind the team by Crowdfunding its return to the grid.

Companies and fans can get involved by heading to the Crowdcube website, www.crowdcube.com/caterham, and pledging the amount they wish to give, from just £5. Supporters will receive unique rewards, from support badges and T-Shirts to a once in a lifetime opportunity to get their name on the Caterham F1 car competing in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The opportunity to support Caterham F1’s return to the grid and to receive unique rewards will close when it reaches its £2.35m funding target or on Friday 14 November 2014, whichever is sooner.

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Rosberg pips Hamilton to pole at Interlagos

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton secured a seventh consecutive Silver Arrows front row lockout during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. Nico's 10th pole position of the season secures him the inaugural pole position trophy. Just 33 thousandths of a second separated the pair - equivalent to two metres around a 4.3 km circuit (0.4%). The result marks the 17th pole of the season for the Silver Arrows, with P2 for Lewis completing the 11th front row lockout. Today saw the fastest pole position lap ever set at Interlagos, surpassing the 1:10.646 set by Rubens Barrichello in 2004.

Felipe Massa qualified third and Valtteri Bottas fourth for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix. Both drivers were pushing the Mercedes cars hard for a front row position, but neither driver was able to complete a clean final flying lap in Q3.

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Hamilton extends Championship lead with another win at US Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton took his third United States Grand Prix victory by less than five seconds from team-mate Nico Rosberg after a tense battle at the Circuit of the Americas. Lewis and Nico achieved the team's tenth one-two finish of the season to equal the record set by McLaren in 1988.

Rosberg started the race from pole position, but was never really able to ditch Hamilton, who stayed in his rearview mirror all the way to the first pit stop. Shortly after the duo changed for fresh tyres, Hamilton launched an audacious overtaking move, and after making it stick, controlled the pace of the race till the end to increase his lead in the Drivers' Championship to 24 points.

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Ocon completes successful test for Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team Junior driver Esteban Ocon has completed his two-day test for Lotus F1 Team at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo accumulating over 650 kilometres in the two year-old Lotus F1 Team E20 over the course of the last two days, October 22-23.

Esteban is conducting this test as part of the Lotus F1 Team Junior programme and as a reward for winning the FIA Formula 3 Championship in his rookie season. He impressed the Lotus F1 Team engineers present with his application, feedback and pace.

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Nico Hulkenberg continues with Sahara Force India for 2015

The Force India Formula One Team confirmed today that Nico Hulkenberg will continue to race with team for 2015.

The 27-year-old German returned to Sahara Force India at the start of 2014 and has enjoyed his most successful Formula One season to date. With points finishes in 13 races, including four fifth place finishes, Nico remains one of the most exciting drivers on the Formula One grid.

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