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Kovalainen hopes for progress

18 September 2012

Heikki Kovalainen says he hopes that a new front wing will allow Caterham to close on the midfield runners in Singapore this weekend.

Despite once again being the best of the three new teams on the grid, the Leafield-based squad has so far failed to break into the points in 2012 having been unable to find the speed required to beat the established teams on track.

Although scoring points may be beyond the team again this season in a straight fight, Kovalainen said Caterham was eager to close the gap in Singapore this weekend when a new front wing is set to debut on the car.

"It is slightly different and should give us a straightforward performance increase, some more downforce and hopefully makes our car a bit quicker,” the Finn told Sky Sports. “Other than that, there is nothing major, just a few small updates. The front wing is the main thing we will have this weekend.

"Singapore is a totally different circuit to Monza and Spa - it requires a different setup and the conditions are different. At the moment it is a bit of a guess how everyone will perform there, but certainly for us Monza was better than Spa.

"I know there has been a lot of data-analysing going on since those events, trying to understand why our Spa performance was not very good and then Monza was much more like normal and I think we understand the main issues. Hopefully, if we experience any problems this weekend we can react to them."

Kovalainen again insisted that there was no news to give about his future despite increased speculation about where he will drive next year

"There is no news for me to comment on at the moment,” he said. “They are just rumours and there seems to be all sorts of rumours going around, so I don't really pay much attention to those.

"I will talk to Caterham at some point, I'll speak to Tony (Fernandes, Team Principal) and see what the plans are and after that talk with my management to see what we will do next year. My main focus is on my performance and to make sure I keep performing well, and these other things will sort themselves."


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