Caterham: A very good week of hard work
3 May, 2012
May.3 (Caterham Press Release) Team report
Heikki Kovalainen: “A good day’s work for the team and good to have completed so many laps. I enjoyed myself out there today – even though a lot of what we were doing was pretty repetitive, it’s still a good place to drive an F1 car around and having got through everything we’d planned it’s good to leave this test on a positive note.
“We tried a variety of new parts and it felt like we may have found a couple of things that we can take to the next race. You can never tell just how much of an improvement something has been until you go through all the data, but the fact we’ve brought new parts that feel like a step forward is good. It shows we’re pushing as hard as we can and that’s what we need to do to achieve the goals this year.”
Jody Egginton, Caterham F1 Team Chief Engineer: “It’s been another solid day for us on the final day of the Mugello test. Heikki took over the car today and ran a program very similar to Vitaly’s from day two, completing 139 laps which helped us achieve everything we wanted from this test. We have tried a number of new parts including bodywork, floor, exhausts and some work on the brakes, some of which we expect to see on the race cars next week in Barcelona.
“This has been a pretty hard week for everyone on track. We’ve run on all three days without any major mechanical issues, and we’ve put the hours in to help us keep progressing, so I want to thank everyone for a very good week of hard work. Now we need to take what we’ve achieved here into the start of the European season and make sure we keep up this level of reliability and focus at the races to come.”