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No worried about Kovalainen’s engine failure – Caterham

Kovalainen stands beside his car after its engine blew up

Caterham technical director Mark Smith says that they are not concern about Heikki Kovalainen’s engine failure in practice one for Monaco Grand Prix. The end phase of the first free practice Kovalainen’s engine failed on his way out of the tunnel.

After the Caterham’s engine stoppage unclear the track condition and the FIA race director Charlie Whiting to red flag the session, and decided to shorten the first Practice session.

“Heikki’s FP1 was cut short by the engine failure it was at the end of the session and we did not lose any track time as the session was red flagged,” said technical director Mark Smith.

“The new engine he ran in FP2 was due to go on his car tomorrow anyway, it had covered more than 2,000kms, so it really was not a big problem for us to see his morning session end that spectacularly!

“The team worked very well with Renault Sport F1 to make the engine change over lunch and Heikki was back on track about six minutes after FP2 began.”

Kovalainen morning’s session went pretty well and some issues.

“This morning’s session went pretty well,” Kovalainen said. We tried a new suspension part early on that felt pretty good, and then we ran through a normal FP1 session on the primes until the engine let go as I was entering the tunnel towards the end of the session.

“As soon as I engaged neutral the rear axle locked up and that brought FP1 to a slightly early end.”

Kovalainen’s suffering in the afternoon’s session and the Finn had to challenge with the rain and finished up parked down the escape road at Mirabeau.

“We made the final run on the inters and coming into turn five the car went straight on – it was very greasy out there but there was no damage so I parked it and that was that.”

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