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Formula One: What to look out for in 2014 (5)

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Caterham and Marussia: An improvement?

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78 starts between them, yet still neither Caterham or Marussia have a single point to their name.

You have to feel for them in some respect. Both teams entered F1 in 2010 and were promised that they were entering a championship that will have a £40 million budget cap in place to ensure they would not be left behind by the midfield only for the rug to be swept from their feet at the last minute. No budget cap and four years of pain began.

Sponsorship and money is tight and this means that they do not have the money to develop their car as much as their rivals around them and leaves both teams lagging behind wondering what they have to do to make progress.

Surely, the few companies that are pouring money into these teams who are nowhere near the top 10 and can only make it into Q2 on a Saturday when it rains and are getting virtually no tv time have to be asking questions.

This season is an opportunity for the minnows of F1 to close the gap to the likes of Sauber, Williams and Force India yet there is also a fear that they could find themselves lagging behind even further.

With money being tight for both teams, 2014 could prove to be make or break for one if not both of these outfits financially. 

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