Mar.9 (PVM) Heikki Kovalainen is remaining realistic about Caterham’s chances ahead of the Australian Grand Prix, despite the team showing some handy pace in recent pre-season testing.
Kovalainen reflected on the 12 days of testing in Spain, “After three pretty solid weeks of testing we’re heading to Melbourne in good shape. We’ve clearly moved on from where we started in 2011, and are a long way ahead of where we were in 2010 but we’re still all staying very realistic about what we can do this season.”
He added, “Apart from a few issues in the second test, which were all sorted out for T3, our reliability has been good, and both Vitaly and I put in laps that showed we are close to the pace we want to be. But as everyone knows the tests don’t really tell you anything about where you are against everyone else, so we won’t really know anything until Saturday in Melbourne.”
Kovalainen has tasted F1 victory, with McLaren, but in 2010 he was dropped by the Woking team and he found his way to the brand new Caterham team (known as Lotus at the time) and is now in his third year with the team.
The 30 year old Finn will be starting his 90th F1 race in Melbourne, “Whatever happens when we get there, I just want it all to start right now. I’ve had a great Winter, worked hard and am heading into 2012 feeling fitter than ever.”
Kovalainen admits that he has tweaked his training regimen for 2012, “I’ve made a couple of changes off track that will help me focus even more on my job with the team and with the step forward we’ve taken with this year’s car, I’m more keen than ever to get out on track and see how we’ve progressed again this year.”