Caterham: Looking forward to a strong race

27 July, 2013

Caterham drivers report from the second day of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend at Hungaororing, near Budapest.

Charles Pic: “FP3 was another good session for me. We made a few changes to the car overnight and those, and the track temperatures on Saturday, worked in our favour. The session went well but on my quickest lap on the softs at in the performance run there were double yellows in turn 11 which meant I had to back off, but I was still relatively happy with how we went into quali. In Q1 our goal was to finish ahead of Marussia and we’ve achieved that with both cars, actually with a bigger gap than we’ve seen for a while, so I’m pleased with how the session went. Our deg levels have been pretty good on the mediums and we’ve already seen that we can push a couple of cars ahead in race conditions, so, even though the gap to the midfield is there, I’m already looking forward to a strong race tomorrow.”

Giedo van der Garde: “After having understeer dominate both FP1 and FP2 for me we made a lot of changes to the car overnight and it was immediately better in FP3. We tried another mechanical change on the second run, looking at what we’d be doing on Sunday, but that didn’t give us any improvement, so we went back to how we started the session and when we did the performance run the car was performing ok. In quali I wasn’t really able to get a clean quick lap on either run so I don’t think my final time was really the best I could have had today. Unfortunately I had traffic in sector one on the quick lap on my second run and that definitely cost me a few tenths, but despite that we finished well clear of our nearest rivals and that was the main target today. We’ve definitely put a bit more time between us and them and I’ve always gone well here in Hungary and we have the race pace to fight a few cars ahead tomorrow. With a clean start and good strategy I think we can have a decent Sunday.” Caterham)


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