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Kovalainen eager to get stuck in to second half

Heikki Kovalainen will be hoping to improve on the 13th place finish he managed in Monaco during the second half of the year

Heikki Kovalainen has said he is looking forward to getting 'stuck in' following F1's summer break.

The Finn's contract with Caterham comes to an end at the close of this year and while there has been speculation that he could elect to move elsewhere for 2013, with Sauber amongst those teams to be linked to the former Renault and McLaren man, for now his focus is on getting the most from the CT01 and trying to help the team score its very first point.

“I'll be keeping busy during the summer break, lots of fitness training and spending time with friends and then I'll be looking forward to getting stuck into the second half of the season," Kovalainen remarked.

“It was a decent race [in Hungary] last weekend. I made a good start and got up to 16th on the first lap and maintained a pretty good pace for the whole race from there. We're realistic about the performance of the car, but I think the balance and setup were very good.”

Team-mate Vitaly Petrov meanwhile is also looking forward to the final nine races and believes the team learned a 'valuable lesson' in Hungary.

“In the race the car felt very different to how it performed in qualifying and we need to go back and look at the data to try and understand why. It's a bit strange as we had definitely improved it, but in the race it just didn't feel the same,” the Russian explained.

“We tried a few different setups in Hungary, and we know what works, and what doesn't. When we've had time to look through all the data from last Sunday's race we'll understand what happened and we'll make sure we learn from that for the rest of the season.

“On the positive side I think the team worked really well in Budapest, and I'm really looking forward to the summer break. I hope everyone in the team can get some well deserved rest and then I'm really looking forward to getting on with the second half."

Related Pictures

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29.07.2012- Race, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01 leads Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Caterham F1 Team CT01
27.07.2012- Free Practice 2, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
27.07.2012- Free Practice 1, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
28.07.2012- Free Practice 3, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
27.07.2012- Free Practice 1, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01
21.07.2012 - Qualifying, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Caterham F1 Team CT01

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