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Gascoyne confident of 'biggest step yet'

10 January 2012

Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne says he feels that the newly-branded Caterham team will be able to take its biggest step forward to date during the 2012 F1 season.

After two seasons running under the Lotus name, 2012 will mark a new era for the team under it's fresh name as it seeks to break into the top ten and score points for the first time.

The new CT-01 will be the team's first car fitted with a KERS system and Gascoyne said that was one factor that would help Caterham make progress during the year ahead.

"In the last race (of 2011) I think we qualified four-tenths away from Williams,” he told Sky Sports. “We did that in a car without KERS - and that's probably the difference between KERS. We finished at the back of that midfield pack. I think we want to start there, maybe even a bit better than that.

"If you look at the year last year, we started a second-and-a-half off and we finished four-tenths off that pack. We want to start with that pack and make that same level of progress.

"In 2010 our car was obviously very basic because we didn't have much time to do it and we always said the 2011 car would be a big step forward. What's exciting for me is that the 2012 car is probably a bigger step forward in terms of refinement of design than we made in 2011 (over 2010). I think it will be a much more current car than the last two cars we've been able to design. It's probably a bigger step forward compared to the 2011 car.”

Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli both have contracts in place for 2012 although Gascoyne refused to confirm if Trulli would actually race after continued rumours that the Italian may be replaced.

"What I can say on Jarno is that he does have a contract with the team that is concrete for next year,” he said, “and he will be part of the team next year."


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