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Caterham seeks move away from Leafield HQ

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Caterham says it fully intends to compete in the remaining three races of 2014 and is looking to move away from its Leafield base as part of the ongoing efforts to stabilise the team.

The long-term future of the Caterham team remains in doubt, with team principal Manfredi Ravetto recently having to play down reports bailiffs had been to its Oxfordshire headquarters in the days leading up to the Japanese Grand Prix. Ravetto says he has no doubts the team will be present at the final three races of 2014 and thinks the way the team's new ownership has preserved its place in F1 deserves praise.

"Knowing that this team, under previous ownership, was due to stop racing before the British Grand Prix, we - the new management - are proud of having completed not only the European season but also the Asian season," Ravetto said. "This gives us confidence to approach the last three fly-away races in America and the Middle-East with an extra-boost: our performance is steadily improving and recent results plus our great qualifying performance in Sochi are putting us on a level the team has hardly shown previously.

"We are on a high and we keep fighting day after day, even if there are a few negative comments or scepticism from some people who would be happy to see us failing: we can live with this, we have no problem at all; what we do is answer with facts, starting with the technical improvement of the car and stabilizing of the team's financial side - but we just want to remind everybody that we are those brave ones who try to firefight; we are not the ones who left the team in a critical status! I can tolerate misinterpretations on everything except this. And, by the way, we historically seem to be quite successful in contradicting the rumour mill."

Part of Caterham's plans to keep rebuilding and restructuring the team is to look for a new base away from Leafield.

"We know there are still some bumpy roads ahead and we don't expect an easy ride, but we will deal with each situation as it arrives," Ravetto said. "For avoidance of any doubt, I'd also like to add that Leafield remains the team's base, even though it's no secret that we are looking for a more suitable alternative. We look forward to the final three races of the season; we will keep fighting, we will keep improving and we will introduce some positive surprises: stay tuned!"

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