Caterham unveils the CT03 F1 car at Jerez image

Caterham F1 Team unveiled the CT03, its 2013 race car, in the pitlane of the Circuito de Jerez, Spain, at the start of the first official pre-season test.

The car was revealed by the team’s race drivers Charles Pic, who will race in car #20, and Giedo van der Garde who will be in car #21 for the forthcoming season.

For 2013, the car has technical features that distinguish it from its predecessor, CT01, and also an updated livery, with the green and yellow paint-scheme being refreshed and lightened. According to Caterham’s technical director Mark Smith, the CT03 marks an important milestone in the development of the team, as it’s the first car produced in the Leafield Technical Centre.

As all the cars presented so far, the CT03 is an evolution of CT01 rather than a complete redesign, with engineers focusing on improving certain areas of the car. “Among the most obvious changes are around the lower chassis where the sidepods have been significantly undercut to improve airflow to the rear of the car. The diffuser, engine cover and cooling exits have also seen major changes and there are more subtle improvements to other areas of the car, such as the sidepod turning vanes and the lower tea-tray area,” Mark Smith said in a statement.

The car that will race in Australia will use the same package as the car revealed today, with new front and rear wings and diffuser to be added soon after the start of the season.