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Caterham pair aim for progress

Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde hope for progress from Caterham in Shanghai
After enduring two difficult races in Australia and Malaysia, the Caterham F1 team is seeking to make progress at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

Charles Pic, who took part in his first Chinese Grand Prix last season, said the main focus for Caterham will be trying to correct the handling issues that blighted its cars in the previous two events.

“On Friday and Saturday morning we'll also be working on several performance areas that the team has been looking at since Malaysia,' he said, "particularly around dialling out the understeer issues I had in Australia and Malaysia.”

Pic however, went on to praise the circuit's overtaking opportunities and easy nature on brakes.

“Last year was my first race in China and I thought the track was pretty good," he said. "The lap starts with a very long straight with a tight right-hander at the end which is a natural place to overtake right at the start of the lap.

"One area we will focus on in the practice sessions is making sure the car's very stable under braking so I can attack into each braking zone – you need that and very good traction out of the slower corners to push the cars ahead around the whole lap.”

Giedo van der Garde echoed his team-mates' comments on handling and expects to have any issues sorted with the CT03 car before qualifying and the race on Sunday.

“One thing we are going to be focusing on in China is work on improving our setup options for qualifying, using the practice sessions to give us as many options as possible for the race but also for quali,” said the Dutchman who is making his Chinese Grand Prix race debut this weekend.

“I didn't have the car behaving exactly as I'd like in either Australia or Malaysia so I want to get that right in China.”

By George East

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anonymous - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 3:20 PM

Pic is quite good as a driver, however vdG is not the best driver out there and I won't be surprised if he loses his seat in the middle of the season. I think that not having Heikki in the race seat has cost Caterham as they need an experienced and good driver who can help the team develop.

Van der Garde - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 1:01 PM

Van der Garde really needs to up his game, altough I'm delighted we finally have a dutch driver again. I'm a bit dissapointed that it had to be VdG, if he doesn't start matching or bettering Pic he might not even make it to the end of the season. He says he suffers from massive oversteer and that the first upgrades only come in Catalunya. Some times i wonder why caterham doesnt make any progress, they seem to be going backwards

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