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Pic aims to maintain progress
8 May 2013
Charles Pic says he aims to continue the progress made by Caterham in Bahrain when F1 heads back to Europe this weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix.
A series of upgrades introduced last time out saw the Frenchman take a step forwards in performance at the Sakhir circuit, beating the Marussia of countryman Jules Bianchi in both qualifying and the race.
Buoyed by that result, Pic said he was hopeful of another solid weekend at Catalunya when the European season gets underway.
“The last race in Bahrain was very positive for us because that was clearly the best of the first four weekends for us in terms of the pace we showed all weekend,” he said. “That was a good start and even though it was still not enough to be where we want to be, it was in the right direction and that was positive for everyone. The team was happy and I'm also happy about how Bahrain went.
“Now we're into the European part of the season and we start in Barcelona at a track we all like racing at and one we know very well! This race is usually where the European races start and it's one where all the teams bring updates and new parts, so it's always very interesting to see what you bring and what the others bring and how that all works out over the weekend.
“We know everyone else will have updates, so for us it's important that we can find a little bit more than our direct rivals, and keep that momentum up all year. We made pretty good progress at the last race, and I'm confident we'll do the same in Barcelona.”
Team-mate Giedo van der Garde meanwhile said he took was keen to put on a good show in the race, with a series of new parts being tested on Friday ahead of the weekend.
“We'll be running the new parts from Friday and we're not going to make any predictions about what they'll bring,” he said. “The most important thing is that we get the setup right with them first, then we can start really pushing and see where we are in quali and on Sunday.
“I've been at the factory in the last week with the engineers and in the simulator and I know we're well prepared for the week ahead. The weather forecast is good for most of the weekend, not so much for Friday but it'll be the same for everyone and we'll be aiming for maximum mileage to give ourselves the best chance to get the most out of the new parts all weekend.”
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