Caterham: One of the tougher days we have had

Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Caterham CT01. Formula One Testing, Day 3, Barcelona, Spain, Thursday 23 February 2012.

Vitaly Petrov

Feb.23 (Caterham) Team and driver report on the third day of pre-season Formula 1 testing from Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Vitaly Petrov:
“We spent quite a bit more time today looking at various areas of the car to help me find a setup I’m really comfortable with and can push on from. Once we’d sorted out this morning’s issue we were able to try a few different setup options in the afternoon and by the last couple of runs I think we were heading in the right direction, both mechanically and with the different tyre compounds.”

Steve Nielsen, Sporting Director:
“That was a bit of a difficult day where we struggled to give Vitaly the sort of setup he wants. He did a good job today to drive around a couple of basic issues we knew we would encounter, but those will be solved with new parts that are coming for the next test, and they should not affect Heikki tomorrow. We have saved a number of tyres up for tomorrow and that means we can run through the whole tyre program we had set for the last day of this test which means we should leave here with a better understanding of how the 2012 compounds behave and decent amount of data we can use to prepare for next week’s test.”

Riad Asmat, Caterham Group CEO:
“This was one of the tougher days we have had this winter, but we will learn a good deal from today. This morning we had a front suspension problem that we worked hard to fix and the solution meant we were able to lap consistently this afternoon. That sets us up better for tomorrow when Heikki’s back in the car and we are catching up with the plan for this week, so more hard work tonight and a clear day tomorrow and we should be able to achieve the targets for this test when the session ends tomorrow.”