Yep, this is the car that the Caterham F1 team will be racing at this weekend's US Grand Prix (and also at the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 24). Which means Filipino Formula 1 fans have no choice but to root for the squad and its drivers, Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde. The team, which has yet to score a single point this season, could certainly use our cheering.
Caterham F1 supports AirAsia's donation/relief campaign for the benefit of typhoon Yolanda victims. AirAsia is a major sponsor of the team. The team's staff and guests will be donating money during the two remaining race weekends. Part of this campaign is AirAsia's provision of 250,000 free seats to overseas Filipino workers so they could return home at this critical time.
"We are a proud member of the extended AirAsia family, and have a global audience of millions watching our sport, so being able to support AirAsia's 'To Philippines With Love' campaign with special branding and fundraising efforts on track and on our race cars is the least we can do," said Caterham F1 team principal Cyril Abiteboul. "The cars will carry the branding in Austin and Interlagos, and we are urging our team partners, all our fans and the wider F1 community to support this campaign, which will directly benefit the people of the Philippines who have been the victims of one of the world's worst-ever natural disasters."
Sorry, Ferrari. We're not rooting for you this weekend.