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Pic confident ahead of second year in F1

Pic is certainly putting the work in, having completed 317 laps of testing so far in pre-season sessions at Jerez and Barcelona, despite being hampered by a gearbox problem on the first day at the Circuit de Catalunya last week.

"I think at the moment we're still in basic testing, so on this side it's gone quite well," he said. "We have all the information that we wanted and now in the final test I think it will be more about optimisation for Melbourne."

Pic also took the opportunity to compete in the unique 'Race of Stars' ice racing event held in Russia at Moscow's Hippodrome at the weekend. Experienced ice racer Kimi Raikkonen was also competing in the event, but for Pic it was the first time in such conditions.

"I tried out the Renault Duster, which was fitted with snow tyres. It was an experience and tricky to find the grip on the slippery surface," he said. "Then I tried out the Logan with the studded tyres and it was even harder! It took a few laps to get up to speed but once I got used to it I enjoyed it."

Snow and ice will certainly not be a problem for Pic next month when he lines up on the starting grid for the first time in a Caterham for the season-opening F1 Grand Prix of Australia in Albert Park, Melbourne on March 17.

And beyond this season? Pic isn't prepared to even start thinking about the longer term picture at this point.

"I don't want to think about 2014," he said. "In order to be good in 2014 we have to think through 2013 and make the right job in 2013.

"When we are in 2014 we can think about 2014, but we have to be focused on now and what we can do to optimise what we have now and improve ourselves from where we are now," he added.





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Hail Aurelius - Unregistered

February 27, 2013 2:22 PM

You know what? I like Charlie, he has this season to prove his worth and it helps to have all of last year behind him. Lets hope the car is less sh*tty than last year, they at least owe the drivers a bit of improvement!



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