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Caterham makes minor tweaks for Spa

Caterham technical director Mark Smith confirms tweaks to the CT-01 will continue for the remainder of the 2012 F1 season.
Caterham will arrive at Spa-Francorchamps for the resumption of the 2012 F1 season with a mildly-tweaked version of its CT-01 chassis as it attempts, once again, to close the gap on the category's midfield teams.

Team boss Tony Fernandes has already admitted to being disappointed at the Leafield squad's inability to close the gap on those immediately ahead of it [see separate story], but technical director Mark Smith has confirmed that the CT-01 would continue to be updated throughout the remaining nine races, with one eye on 2013 [see separate story]

“Now that the move [to Leafield] is complete, our immediate focus turns to Spa, Monza and the rest of the season," Smith commented before setting off for Belgium, "Obviously, we could not work on the car during the August break but, before and after the holiday, we have been working on a slightly revised exhaust layout and a number of small aero updates to areas like the brake ducts.

"As most of the teams will, at Spa we will be running with medium levels of downforce, similar to what was run in Canada, and then, for Monza, we will be running low downforce settings. We do not have any major updates at either race but, for Singapore, we have some new parts that will be run for the first time when we head back to the Far East.

“We will then be bringing updates to every race until the end of the season and, while the refurbishment program at Leafield may create a few technical and logistical challenges in our update schedule, we already have plans in place to work around any issues that may crop up, and are determined to fight until the last lap of the last race of the season.

"The move to Leafield puts us firmly in the middle of the UK's motorsport valley and gives us a site we can expand into for many years to come, giving us the platform we need to grow into an operation that can challenge for long-term honours.”

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