Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen is bullish ahead of the British Grand Prix and has said he 'can't wait' to see what they can do with the latest load of updates.
Kovalainen was on form in Valencia last weekend and was particularly impressive in qualifying, making it through to Q2 for only the second time this year and managing to out-qualify both Toro Rossos.
Although the race wasn't quite so good, with KERS problems and an incident with Jean-Eric Vergne ultimately leaving him 14th at the flag, the Finn was still happy and reckons they can do well at Silverstone, providing they don't have any more mechanical issues.
“I can't wait to get back in the car and see what we can do at this year's British Grand Prix. At the last race in Valencia we clearly made improvements, enough to help me put the car into Q2 on merit and we have more upgrades coming for Silverstone,” Kovalainen said.
“For this race it's important that we carry our qualifying speed and good reliability through into Sunday as issues like the KERS problem I had in Valencia impact all the hard work the team is doing at the factory and in the wind tunnel to get us where we want to be.
“If we can do that I think we can have another very good weekend and I'm really looking forward to giving our home fans something to cheer for.”
Team-mate Vitaly Petrov meanwhile is also optimistic and believes the team will be able to make more progress: “As we'll be bringing more new parts to the British Grand Prix I think it's another race where we'll be able to take a step forwards,” he added.
“I'm sure everyone else will be bringing upgrades so we need to make sure that we don't just make gains, but we improve more than our nearest rivals. That's a big challenge but after seeing the gap to Toro Rosso shrink in Valencia we have a clear target just ahead and that gave the whole team a real boost.
“Hopefully we'll be able to make similar levels of progress at Silverstone – if we do I think the British Grand Prix could be very interesting.
“The team made great progress in Valencia and I really hope that we will continue in the same manner.”