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Kovalainen 'more keen than ever' to get to Australia

11 March 2012

Caterham's Heikki Kovalainen has said the team is in 'good shape' ahead of the 2012 F1 Australian Grand Prix.

The Caterham F1 team will be bidding to join the midfield pack this year and while Kovalainen insists they are 'staying very realistic', the outfit has been pleased with its pre-season preparations. Indeed Heikki added that they are 'close to the pace they want to be'.

“After three pretty solid weeks of testing we're heading to Melbourne in good shape. We've clearly moved on from where we started in 2011, and are a long way ahead of where we were in 2010 but we're still all staying very realistic about what we can do this season,” Kovalainen stated in the countdown to the first round of the season.

“Apart from a few issues in the second test, which were all sorted out for test three, our reliability has been good, and both Vitaly [Petrov – my new team-mate] and I put in laps that showed we are close to the pace we want to be. But as everyone knows the tests don't really tell you anything about where you are against everyone else, so we won't really know anything until Saturday in Melbourne.

“Whatever happens when we get there, I just want it all to start right now. I've had a great winter, worked hard and am heading into 2012 feeling fitter than ever.

“I've made a couple of changes off track that will help me focus even more on my job with the team and with the step forward we've taken with this year's car, I'm more keen than ever to get out on track and see how we've progressed again this year,” he concluded.