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Kovalainen: Better to get resolve issues

Heikki Kovalainen says Caterham has managed to resolve some issues during a difficult week in Barcelona
Heikki Kovalainen admitted it had been a difficult week for Caterham during the second pre-season F1 test, with the new CT01 having suffered a number of issues over the course of the week.

Amongst the issues was an electrical problem that forced the team to carry out an engine change on the final morning, leaving Kovalainen to complete fewer laps than anyone else in action on Friday.

While he admitted that things hadn't gone totally to plan, Kovalainen insisted it was better for the team to have got its issues out of the way, with work to do to ensure a stronger run when testing resumes back at the circuit later in the week.

“This is the sort of test you look back on and think we're pleased to have got behind us, but we have still learnt a lot here and have ironed out quite a few issues that could have been more serious later in the season,” he said. “Things haven't exactly gone as we would have liked, but I think we all know where the car can and should be when it gets real in Australia, so now the challenge is to regroup in time for next week and make sure we come back here ready to put in a final week of hard work on track and get back to where we want to be.”
 


Caterham Group CEO Riad Asmat admitted it had been a tough week, with the team working to ensure it can maximise its track time when the final test gets underway on Thursday.

“In contrast to last week in Jerez, T02 has been a pretty tough week for us, but this is why we come testing,” he said. “Everyone in the team has worked hard all week to make up the time we have lost to what are relatively small issues each day, but they are all issues that take time to fix while the sessions are on and need to be attended to immediately.

“We go straight from here to a day of aero testing in Spain next week, before returning for the final test in Barcelona and we will all be working flat out here and back at the factory to make sure we can maximise our time on track at T03.”



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P1 - Unregistered

February 27, 2012 1:14 AM

I do feel these will be the dark horse this year, obviously I don't expect them to win races, but the past two years they have beaten the rival new comers and were snapping at the heels of the established teams, they are now the underdogs in F1, a firm footing and the ability to move forwards, whereas I feel that HRT and Virgin will still be the stragglers getting in the way. Well at least I hope they do, would love to see them get into the points this year.

Tom - Unregistered

February 27, 2012 2:01 PM

I can see no dark horse about Caterham this season regardless of issues of reliability dogging them at both tests in Jerez and Barcelona the car is just plain slow, the teams above them have shown massive steps forward and they have gone backwards into what I see as HRT and Marussia territory ie bottom of the time sheets. Petrov will struggle with this cars pace and soon get disheartened if not already. I suspect Kovalainen will put up with it as he has done for the past 2 years and just collect his wages.



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