Despite all of the hardships facing both teams, the community was still abuzz with far fetched hopes that either team may make it. Marussia had apparently reserved garage space and requested Ferrari to have power units on hand. However, these attempts were futile, as plans to get the team to went unrequited.
Caterham, in contrast, began a massive crowd-funding campaign last week in an attempt to raise sufficient capital to race. At last word, the team had reached its goal and was transporting its equipment to the Yas Marina Circuit. We have confirmation now that the Caterham team is indeed present and that their personnel are readying the cars to race.
Notwithstanding their seemingly miraculous efforts to get to the the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the team’s future is in near certain doubt. According to most sources, the team has entered bankruptcy, and the massive crowd-funding campaign has been undertaken by the creditors. Most of the 230 staff have been laid off, and only essential personnel are present at Yas Marina; in fact, many of the personnel present are technically laid off as well.
Almost no one would have expected the Caterham team to pull through to race, and their presence this weekend will only serve to reaffirm that Formula 1 can be a strange place. As far as who will be driving for Caterham this weekend, that remains a matter of total speculation. Kobayashi is confirmed to be on the grid, and there are about half a dozen names being tossed around for the second slot.