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Caterham Friday practice quotes – 2012 European GP

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Vitaly Petrov, P1 – 1:43.209, 20th; P2 – 1:40.963, 17th
“That was a positive Friday for us. FP1 started out with the track as green as we knew it would be, but that affects everyone the same so we got on with the programme and concentrated on finding a balance that would work once the grip levels improved. We were also looking at some new KERS maps that worked well, but perhaps would be better suited to a circuit that is less stop/start than Valencia. We’ll look again at that overnight and I’m sure we’ll find the right solution for this track in time for FP3. In FP2 we got through most of the plan, running on low and heavy fuel and on both tyre compounds and until we had a mechanical issue towards the end of the session the car felt good. We have brought a couple of updates here and it definitely felt better but we will see the full upgrade package at Silverstone. Still, it’s good to see us continuing to develop the car and to keep getting closer to the target this year, so I think qualifying and the race could both be pretty interesting for us.”

Heikki Kovalainen, P1 – 1:42.442, 17th; P2 – 1:41.197, 19th
“A pretty good Friday for me, with both sessions going to plan. In FP2 we ran a new version of the front wing and the initial feel it gave was good – it’s too early to tell how much it’s worth but it’s a good sign that what was predicted in the factory seems to have worked on track. There’s more to come for the next race but this looks like it could be a good step.”

Mark Smith, Caterham technical director
“I am pleased with our performance today. Both drivers completed most of their planned programmes – we had a mechanical issue relating to KERS late on in FP2 on Vitaly’s car, but he had run through his low and heavy fuel laps and had completed good mileage on both tyre compounds so we have not lost anything from his slightly shortened FP2. It is also good to see that the first set of upgrades we have brought here appear to be matching the targets we set for them. We will have more new parts for Silverstone, but it looks like we have made more progress here today so the aim is to maintain this momentum and see if we can keep closing the gap in qualifying tomorrow, and particularly in the race on Sunday.”

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