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Caterham impressed with best first test

After struggling with the power steering system on last year's Lotus T128, Trulli was delighted to find that that, and other areas, had been improved.

“For me, there are a couple of real positives from today," he confirmed, "I hadn't used KERS before and, despite the extra buttons it means on the wheel, it's pretty simple to get used to it quickly. I think we'll see the benefits of that more and more as we keep learning how to get the most out of it.

"Also, for me, the car felt balanced pretty much straight away. The power steering is good – we can keep fine tuning it, but I think it's basically a good package with a lot of potential for us to work on. A good way to start the season.”

Caterham Group CEO Riad Asmat was equally encouraged, but sounded a note of caution, aware that the rest of the field would be pushing just as hard to refine their packages ahead of the opening round in Melbourne in five weeks time.

“Jarno ran another very impressive number of laps today and, when you look at the total mileage we have accumulated here, we have clearly started the season with a good, reliable car," he noted, "We know there is pace to come, but we also know we have a lot of work ahead of us to make sure we arrive in Australia in the strongest possible position.

"This week, we have had the best start to a season yet in our three short years, so we will move on to Barcelona in good spirits, with more new parts to come and in good shape to keep unlocking this car's potential.”



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UncleSam

February 11, 2012 4:16 PM

I, for one, hope that they can progress into the midfield. It would be good for the sport to have a newer team actually make progress. They are at least making an effort to improve by bringing in better personnel and partnering with bigger teams to develop the car. The other new teams are complete rubbish and are only putting forth a minimal effort, hardly worthy of even participating at this level. I think all the negative posts would be better served on a HRT or Marussia/Virgin thread, but they didn't even have cars to test now did they?

SPF1 - Unregistered

February 11, 2012 4:48 PM

Hilarious how all these "experts" are second-guessing testing times and coming up with so much rubbish about Gascoyne - I agree that this year is probably a make-or-break for him, but let's wait and see how the car performs when the serious stuff starts. Remember who was posting fastest times last year? Willams - and look at their race performance. Fast times in testing mean nothing, and, in fact, can give other teams an insight into a car's true performance.



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