11 May 2012
Spanish GP – Friday press conference – Pt.1
How concerned are you about the drop in temperature we're expecting on Sunday? We saw 44 degrees today but apparently it will be at least 10 less on Sunday.
No. As I mentioned it's more likely when you go below 20 degrees, when it's cooler. It'll probably be in Germany or at Silverstone where we'll get more of an issue with that.
Mark, welcome to you here. Maybe we were wrong but we perhaps expected more from Caterham this year. What can be done to improve it? What did you find in Mugello? Has it improved since Mugello?
It's perhaps not unreasonable to have expected more us as a team. I think we're all a little bit disappointed with where we are. We want to perform better. I feel we've made progress since last year. You have to look and measure your performance relative to the teams you're competitive with and I think we have made some progress but it's clearly not enough, it's not where we want to be. I think it's part of being a relatively immature team, even though there are many people in the team with experience. To make the team gel and to provide the tools to actually take the team forward takes a little bit of time. I genuinely think we are on the road to putting those tools in place, whether it's personnel or hardware or software, that's what we're working hard on at the moment. In terms of Mugello, it was useful for further developments that we're making in the aero world. I think it's fairly obvious that's the area we need to make significant improvement in. In terms of what we took there and why it's not here, in reality we had to commit to something because of the timing of the Mugello test that we hadn't fully developed in CFD or the wind tunnel environment.
What about the performance of the drivers? It's interesting that Heikki has out-qualified his team-mate four to one, but Vitaly has out-raced his team-mate four to zero.
I think that as a team we're very happy with both drivers. Vitaly joining the team has been a breath of fresh air for all of us. We've got two drivers who are both very motivated and give of their best at all times and at all locations. We're totally happy with them.
Giorgio, welcome again. I mentioned the other day the pace of development. The factory as a whole has expanded - you have more space for development, more space for people. Is that the case? Is there more development coming from the team now?
It is the case indeed. The straight answer is: Do we get more bits? Yes, we do. Are they good bits? Sometimes.
So what did you learn in Mugello?
Half the things we brought to Mugello worked, half didn't. We have to keep looking at it. We couldn't react on the parts that weren't working for here. I think we'll have another stab at it Canada because Monaco is no place to do this kind of work.
Interesting that the consistency hasn't always been there. We saw a remarkable performance from Daniel [Ricciardo], who put in his best ever qualifying in Bahrain but it didn't seem to continue in the race itself.
I would say we have been consistently slow apart from the qualifying in Bahrain, which was really a flower. So, what do you make of it. Not much. First race - since I'm Toro Rosso we've always scored points [there]. No matter what. No matter whether we have the previous year's car or we've made out own car, it means we are trying to come prepared to the first race and maybe someone else doesn't. Second race was a rolling dice. Third race we were extremely happy… No, in China we had a technical problem that we fought for the whole weekend and in Bahrain we were extremely happy with qualifying and not so happy after the race.
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