user icon

Autoriteiten onderzoeken ondergang Caterham

  • Gepubliceerd op 08 feb 2016 16:34
  • comments 12
  • Door: Rob Veenstra

De Britse en Roemeense autoriteiten zijn allebei een onderzoek gestart naar de gang van zaken rondom het faillissement van Caterham. Dat bericht The Times. In 2014 nam een voormalig profvoetballer uit Roemenië met de naam Constantin Cojocar de boel over in een poging om Caterham nieuw leven in te blazen, met Colin Kolles als adviseur.

Dat mislukte jammerlijk en dat bleek het begin van het einde voor het team. Cojocar vertelde: "De autoriteiten die een onderzoek begonnen zijn, weten dat ik er was en dat ik in de problemen zit. Ik heb geen inkomen, alleen het geld van mijn vrouw. We hebben schulden bij de bank en lopen het risico om ons huis kwijt te raken. Door de stress vanwege de achterstallige betalingen, het gedoe met Caterham en de onderzoeken in zowel Engeland als Roemenië is mijn diabetes verder verergerd."

Reacties (12)

Login om te reageren
  • Dus een ex-voetballer met suikerziekte neemt een F1-team over? Hoe waarschijnlijk is dat? Lijkt erop dat hij de katvanger was voor een zeer louche zaakje...

    • + 2
    • 8 feb 2016 - 17:04
    • Ik denk het ook NBTT, maar ja, als die Kolles erbij betrokken is dan weet je eigenlijk al dat het niet klopt. Die weet toch maar weer mooi de dans te ontspringen.

      • + 1
      • 8 feb 2016 - 18:52
    • Boutsen

      Posts: 709

      Idd, dit zaakje stinkt !

      Geheel toevallig is Kolles (hij weer) hierbij betrokken. Hmmm....

      • + 1
      • 8 feb 2016 - 19:25
  • Dit riekt..

    • + 1
    • 8 feb 2016 - 17:05
  • Houwimmie

    Posts: 517

    het enige wat ik kan bedenken bij het lezen van dit artikel is:"whaaaat????"

    • + 1
    • 8 feb 2016 - 17:09
  • Sirhenry

    Posts: 759

    Kolles,,Spyker, Campos, Arrows?

    • + 0
    • 8 feb 2016 - 20:09
  • Het verhaal blijft erg raar en wordt steeds vreemder. De manier waarop Fernandes het team en al zijn mensen liet vallen "omdat ie het niet meer zag zitten", vervolgens het verkoopt aan een groep mensen met een nogal aparte constructie, en daarna die groep tegenwerkt.

    We kunnen gaan wijzen naar de kopers, deels ook wel juist, maar de manier hoe Fernades het allemaal heeft aangepakt bij dit team, en hoe hij het geheel in elkaar liet storten.. Is toch wel de oorzaak van de uiteindelijk ondergang.

    • + 0
    • 8 feb 2016 - 20:30
  • Gummy

    Posts: 257

    Aan die verhaal zit een kan niet waar zijn gehalte. Dit interview met ene Constantin Cojocar die Caterhan even zou overnemen zat in een financiële onmogelijke positie. Hoe dan!

    Editors Note: One of our readers alerted us to an interview a Romanian publication did with the man who is now listed as a director for Caterham Sports Ltd, Constantin Cojocar. Below follows a translation of the interview they did with him.

    Prosport

    We found Cojocar, the cleaner who overnight became a director in F1

    The English press insists that the Romanian came to the factory of the F1 team to do the cleaning and that in a month he became director. The story has the looks of a thriller and only one man can clarify the mystery. Constantin Cojocar himself.

    The work of a journalist knows no downtime. Since we’re presumably dealing with a director from F1, we make the call at 6 o’clock [AM], UK time. The number is Romanian, from the Orange
    network, but the tone is unmistakably British. Waiting for the reply, the questions hurtle [in my head] with the speeds of F1 cars.

    If the former footballer is dead, and his identity is used in a war with a huge stake: hundreds of millions of euros and a place in F1?

    Before the answer, some background information.

    In June, the Caterham F1 team was sold by the consortium lead by the Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes, the boss of the English [football] club QPR and of the Air Asia airline company, to a
    Swiss firm with “unknown” shareholders, as was reported by the English journal Racing Engineering, which is however coordinated by Colin Kolles, ex-manager in F1 at Jordan, Midland Spyker and
    Force India.

    Another surprise appears on the CV of Colin Kolles. His name is, in fact, Călin Colesnic, and he is a 46-year old Romanian born in Timișoara and who left for Germany in the ’80s, where he became a
    dental doctor.

    Since June, the Kolles group accuses the Fernandes group of not having transferred the shares of the F1 team. The answer by Fernandes was that the Kolles group “should pay first”.

    The dispute, which threatens to lead Caterham to miss the last races in the F1 this season, in the USA (Nov 2nd), Brazil (Nov 9th) and Abu Dhabi (Nov 23rd), reached the courts, but in the meantime one of the firms bought on paper by the Kolles group has entered administration. The team in question is Caterham Sports, a company which on Sept 23rd has appointed Constantin Cojocar as a director, the “ex-cleaner” at the factory in Leafield.

    On Thursday, in an exchange of public exchanges that took place in a short period of time, the Fernandes group and the Kolles group have both vehemently denied that they would be behind
    Constantin Cojocar.

    In the meantime, the phone rings, and after 30 seconds a voice answers “Yes” in a strong manner.

    Hello, Mr Cojocar?

    Constantin Cojocar: “Yes, please.”

    We are from ProSport.

    CC: “Yes, good morning.”

    What are you doing, Mr Cojocar? We call you because you are an
    important character in the British press. There are articles on
    you in the Financial Times, The Times… Did you know that?

    CC: “(Surprised) I didn’t know, no. What are they writing?”

    That you are the main character in a scandal in F1…

    CC: “(Takes a director’s tone) Yes, at Caterham F1.”

    Are you working for them? Are you a director there?

    CC: “Administrative director at Caterham, in F1.”

    From September, correct?

    CC: “(Becomes monosyllabic) Yes.”

    The beginning of the exchange presents us with a clueless Cojocar in uncomfortable clothes, attempting to rise to the occasion. He doesn’t even pick up on “scandal”…

    We call you since we talked with your former colleagues from back
    home and many don’t know anything about you for about 25 years.
    Iovan [Ștefan Iovan, a former football player, winner of European
    Cup with Steaua București in 1986, when he also was the team’s
    captain] told us that he believed that you were dead.

    CC: “Me, dead? Ah, no. (Starts laughing)”

    And Vaișcovici [possibly Claudiu Vaișcovici] heard the same
    thing…

    CC: …

    Did you leave Romania a long time ago?

    CC: “No. I arrived here on August 1st.”

    The last reference that we found on you is that you played for
    Brașov [FC] in 1991.

    CC: “Yes.”

    Vaișcovici said that afterwards you were also [playing] at Dinamo
    [Bucharest], but there were no statistics related to you.

    CC: I’ve been at Dinamo, too. Afterwards this guy came and fired
    us. Then I’ve been in Cluj, and in Hungary.

    Who fired you, [Florin] Halagian [a former Romanian football
    player and manager of Armenian descent]?

    CC: “Yes, Halagian.”

    And then?

    CC: “(He comes back all of a sudden, curious, [to] the start of
    the discussion) So all newspapers in the UK really write about
    me?”

    Yes, I’ll tell you [about this] immediately. Tell us more about
    yourself. What did you do in the last 25 years?

    CC: “What could I do? No one helped me. I tried to find a
    [football team] coach position. No one helps old [retired]
    players. Absolutely. I was looking for coach position, couldn’t
    find one, it was tough. Afterwards, lately I was chief of the
    Brașov bus station, during the last 15 years.”

    You moved to Brașov even if you’re from Hunedoara?

    CC: “Yes, I live in Brașov.”

    After the ’90s you didn’t work at all in football…

    CC: “No. After I left Steaua, I went to both Vadim Tudor [possibly
    one Corneliu Vadim Tudor, a Romanian politician] and Gigi Becali
    [mostly known for his ownership of the Steaua București football
    club, but also former Member of the European Parliament and a
    Member of the Romanian Parliament up until his penal conviction
    in May 2013].”

    At Steaua you stayed for only 6 months.

    CC: “At Steaua? No, I stayed almost 2 years at Steaua. 1987…
    Actually no, [just] 1 year.”

    Why did you leave from Steaua?

    CC: “(Ironically) I was with [Victor] Pițurcă [former football
    player and head Coach of the Ittihad FC] on the same position and
    I was mostly a reserve, that’s why.”

    You said that you went to Gigi Becali. Why?

    CC: “After I was done with football, I still tried. I talked to
    Vadim [Tudor], and he put me in contact with Mircea Sandu [a
    retired Romanian footballer who is currently a member of the UEFA
    Executive Committee] to find me a job. “Look, help him as he has
    no job, he doesn’t have anything!” Mircea Sandu avoided me, and
    didn’t help me with anything. The only one who tried to help me
    was Becali, but that one [tried to help me] more with money. I
    went to him, as we say. “Hey, uncle Gigi, I’m dying of hunger!
    Give me coach position [in the club]!”

    And?

    CC: “He more easily popped up a 1000$, gave it to me and told me to
    come back next week. Afterwards I stopped going there, of shame,
    you understand.”

    When this? In the ’90s?

    CC: “Yes, about 1994-1995.”

    After which you broke all contact?

    CC: “Yes, I saw that they didn’t help me. I also talked to former
    colleagues, [for example] with Gică Popescu [a retired Romanian
    football defender, former captain of FC Barcelona and key part of
    the Romania national team in the 1990s] I stayed in the same room
    at Steaua. I tried to talk to him. “Don’t worry, I’ll help you.
    Don’t worry!” He didn’t help me with anything. I wanted to find a
    position as coach, I didn’t want give-aways. If you don’t have a
    backup [connections], no one will help you. […] (Sighing) But
    that’s how things are.”

    The British press writes that you were the one who put Caterham
    Sports under administration and that until now you were a cleaner
    at the Caterham factory.

    CC: “Yes. I came here for work, for cleaning and security.”



    CC: “It was worthless to go the university. During the time of
    [Mircea] Lucescu [a Romanian former footballer and present
    manager], I was at [FC] Corvinul [Hunedoara], and he liked that
    all of us also studied at the University.

    He discovered you…

    CC: “Yes, he made me a footballer. He took me since I was very
    young.”

    Did you talk to him?

    CC: “Never talked to him, could never get a hold of him. Probably
    would have helped. So… I left because of the [financial]
    difficulties I had back home. I have a mortgage and the job at
    the bus station was badly paid, 10 million [(Old) Romanian Lei,
    ROL] a month. I was financially strapped. This is why I left. I
    came here to clean.”

    How did you get at the Leafield factory, at Caterham? After an ad
    posted on the website?

    CC: “Yes, yes.”

    The gist of it is that the Romanian Cojocar: (1) is an unproven football player who got largely overlooked on the field in Romania’s strongest FC at the time, (2) is a still-born football coach, (3) was largely overlooked by his former colleagues and business contacts, some being certain that we has
    dead (pre-Caterham debacle), (4) is financially strapped and has a mortgage, (5) has 15 years worth of professional experience as chief of a bus depot in Romania, (6) has arrived in the UK less than 6 months ago with the ambition of finding a position in cleaning or security. Which obviously points to the fact that
    Cojocar is utterly unqualified to run an F1 entity, and that by himself he is in absolutely no financial position to become a shareholder of said F1 entity.

    Someone called you?

    CC: “Yes.”



    CC: “What can I say?! Here there was an Italian who recognized me
    as a footballer (Editor’s note: The Italian director of F1
    Caterham is an Italian, Manfredi Ravetto). He is kind of like a
    boss here. He said: “You can’t possibly be cleaning! Starting
    today you are a director!” I was named director.”

    So easy?

    CC: “(Becomes once more monosyllabic) Yes.”

    Are you ready for this job? It’s still an insolvent firm [under
    administration].

    CC: “(Laconically) Yes. I learned. Enough.”

    Indeed so?

    CC: “Yup.”

    Englishmen are very surprised by this promotion. They feel like
    not all is clean in this story.

    CC: ….

    Who appointed you? No one knows. Was it Fernandes [group] or
    Kolles [group]?

    CC: “By those who bought [Caterham]. By Kolles. Yes.”

    He proposed you take this and take care of the administration
    [process]?

    CC: “Yes, yes.”

    Are there chances to turn the firm around and out of
    administration?

    CC: “Listen, I can’t really discuss these things.”

    The vetting and recruiting process of Cojocar is positively ridiculous. And Manfredi “I know nothing” Ravetto is “kind of like a boss here”, is certainly not the clueless employee
    that he is trying to portray himself as in the media.

    It is also clear that Kolles together with Ravetto appointed Cojocar as director, replacing Kolles’ father, and it stands to reason that his sudden elevation to share-owner was orchestrated by the same duo. For someone who pains to pay a mortgage, historically fails to receive any assistance from his business contacts and even half a year ago was targeting a professional future in cleaning,
    being in a position to buy an F1 entity is beyond imaginable.

    OK, tell us more about yourself. Do you still have any friends
    [at home, in Romania]?

    CC: “Yes, I talked with [Helmuth] Duckadam [a Romanian retired
    footballer who played as a goalkeeper]. With [Ștefan] Iovan. I
    also talked with [Adrian] Bumbescu [a retired Romanian footballer
    who played as a central defender] all the time since Steaua was
    coming to Brașov for training with the youngsters and he needed
    buses. He was calling me all the time.”

    [Adrian] Bumbescu told us that he didn’t know anything about
    you…

    CC: “Hah! Even last year Bumbescu hired a bus from me.”

    How are you doing in England?

    CC: “It’s an insane [twisted] country. Everything is twisted. Even
    the roads. Everything. Everything is upside down. I don’t like
    England at all.”

    What is your salary? Can you tell us? On the website you were
    asking for 1000, but you don’t mention what currency…

    CC: “(Becomes suspicious) Where did you get my CV?”

    On the website where you posted it.

    CC: “Oh, I see. That was in the beginning, as a “cleaner”. How do
    you say it [in Romanian]?!”

    “Îngrijitor”. And now how much do you make as a director?

    CC: “I can’t tell you that, no.”

    What are you doing [now], do stay on as a director? I understand
    that you no longer have any employees on the payroll in the
    firm… The press reports that all employees were transferred to
    1MRT…

    CC: “Yes, I… yes.. they… Yes, there are pretty big issues. I
    have to stay now as I don’t have what [else] to do. [Or maybe “I
    have no other choice”.] I entered the game, so I have to [stay
    and] play. For the moment I’m in Germany, in the mother [main]
    company who bought Caterham and I think on Monday I leave for the
    UK.”

    Cojocar clearly doesn’t feel at home in the UK. But more importantly, Cojocar has several unwitting slips of tongue. He refers to Kolles’ German base as the “main company who bought Caterham”.

    He also affirms being in Germany at Kolles’ base at the time of the interview, likely getting instructions from Kolles himself. He also refers to Kolles as the “one who bought” Caterham. It is interesting to note that the Romanian publication Prosport doesn’t even pain to delve into the Swiss-Arab mysteries; they put it plain and simple that “one of the firms
    bought on paper by the Kolles group has entered administration”.

    How much more obvious does it have to get that there are no Swiss-Arab investors, and that the Caterham sale and subsequent stripping of assets as relentlessly reported by TJ13 was merely a scam perpetrated by Kolles? Including the elevation of a cleaner to director and shareholder status…

    • + 1
    • 8 feb 2016 - 20:34
  • mediF1

    Posts: 2.818

    Kan me niet voorstellen dat er ook maar 1 profvoetballer uit Roemenië zoveel geld verdient heeft hij een F1 team er van kan runnen . Laat ze die Kolles maar eens even goed aan de tand voelen in deze zaak .

    • + 0
    • 9 feb 2016 - 00:38
  • Caramba

    Posts: 5.786

    Ik vind het wel geinig. Ik zou zeggen maak daar eens een F1 movie over.

    • + 0
    • 9 feb 2016 - 01:20
  • He, daar hebben we onze ouwe kiezen (ehhe flessen)trekker Kolles ook weer eens!!!! Wat vreemd.......

    • + 0
    • 9 feb 2016 - 03:00
  • RemkoDJ

    Posts: 93

    Misschien moet Cristijan eens zijn mond gaan open trekken. Die weet vast meer en was niet zomaar van de een op de andere dag weer vertrokken...

    • + 0
    • 9 feb 2016 - 10:08

RU Grand Prix van Rusland

Lokale tijd 

Bekijk meer foto's

RU Grand Prix van Rusland

Lokale tijd 

Bekijk meer foto's

Gerelateerd nieuws

WK standen 2021

Bekijk volledige WK-stand

Test kalender

Bahrain International Circuit - Wintertest

Bekijk het volledige testschema

Geef je mening

De Formule 1-bolide van 2022 is mooier dan de huidige?

Formule 1 kalender - 2021

Datum
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrein
26 - 28 maa
Bahrein
16 - 18 apr
Italië
7 - 9 mei
Spanje
20 - 23 mei
Monaco
4 - 6 jun
Azerbeidzjan
18 - 20 jun
Frankrijk
25 - 27 jun
Oostenrijk
2 - 4 jul
Oostenrijk
16 - 18 jul
Groot Brittannië
30 - 1 aug
Hongarije
27 - 29 aug
België
3 - 5 sep
Nederland
10 - 12 sep
Italië
24 - 26 sep
Rusland
1 - 3 okt
Singapore
8 - 10 okt
Japan
22 - 24 okt
Verenigde Staten van Amerika
29 - 31 okt
Mexico (land)
5 - 7 nov
Brazilië
19 - 21 nov
Australië
3 - 5 dec
Saoedi-Arabië
10 - 12 dec
Verenigde Arabische Emiraten
Bekijk volledige kalender

Formule 1 kalender - 2021

Datum
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - 28 maa
16 - 18 apr
7 - 9 mei
20 - 23 mei
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - 6 jun
Azerbeidzjan Baku City Circuit
18 - 20 jun
Frankrijk Paul Ricard
25 - 27 jun
Oostenrijk Red Bull Ring
2 - 4 jul
Oostenrijk Red Bull Ring
16 - 18 jul
Groot Brittannië Silverstone
30 - 1 aug
Hongarije Hungaroring
27 - 29 aug
3 - 5 sep
Nederland Circuit Zandvoort
10 - 12 sep
Italië Monza
24 - 26 sep
Rusland Sochi Autodrom
1 - 3 okt
8 - 10 okt
22 - 24 okt
Verenigde Staten van Amerika Circuit of the Americas
29 - 31 okt
5 - 7 nov
Brazilië Interlagos
19 - 21 nov
Australië Albert Park
3 - 5 dec
Saoedi-Arabië Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - 12 dec
Verenigde Arabische Emiraten Yas Marina Circuit
Bekijk volledige kalender
show sidebar