Caterham: This has been a good weekend for the team

Jun.11 (Caterham Press Release) Team and drivers review their Canadian Grand Prix race day, Round 7 of the 2012 F1 world championship, at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Ile de Notre Dame.

Weather
Race: Dry, sunshine, air temp 27° / track temp 39° (start), 28° / 39° (lap 35), 29° / 39° (lap 70)

Runplan
Heikki Kovalainen
1330 leave for grid, 2 laps
Start on option tyres
Lap 17: pitstop 1, prime tyres
Lap 42: pitstop 2, prime tyres
Finished: 18th

Vitaly Petrov
1332 leave for grid, 2 laps
Start on option tyres
Lap 18: pitstop 1, prime tyres
Lap 43: pitstop 2, prime tyres
Finished: 19th

Team Quotes

Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “That was an uneventful afternoon for me. I had a good start, passed Senna early on but then struggled a little with the tyres which maybe held me up a bit. Our pace today was not quite what we thought it would be and we were being lapped a little earlier than we had anticipated, but that was really the only issue for me today – other than that it’s been a good weekend.”

Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “For me that was a good race. I battled with my team mate right to the flag and had a couple of good stops that gave me a chance to keep the pace up through the whole race. The tyre deg wasn’t too bad, despite the track temperature, and we didn’t have any problems with the car, so for where we are right now that’s a good afternoon’s work. We have some improvements coming in the next few races and the aim is for those to help us get to a point where we can race one or two of the teams ahead – that’s another positive sign of progress so we’re definitely going in the right direction.”

Mark Smith, Technical Director: “Today we saw good strong races from both drivers and solid work in the pitstops without any issues. The final positions were about where we expected on this type of track at this stage of the season so I am happy that we have had another decent Sunday and continue to have problem free Sundays and keep edging ever closer to the midfield.”

Riad Asmat, Caterham Group Chief Executive: “This has been a good weekend for the team at a race that everyone looks forward to. On Friday we saw just how well the team in the garage perform under pressure and I was very proud of the work they did to repair Heikki’s car and make sure he had track time in FP2. Our qualifying performance saw us close the gap to the midfield again and we keep making small steps forward relative to the opposition which is proof that the efforts being made by the team in the factory are paying off. On Sunday we showed yet again that we are almost within reach of the midfield battle and with the upgrades we have in the pipeline I think we could soon be in a position to maintain the sort of early pace we showed on Sunday for the whole race.”