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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Go Heikki! Go Vitaly! Caterham bring host of upgrades to Silverstone

As I said just after Free Practice 2 in Valencia, I'm adopting the Caterham cause for the rest of the season on the basis that they alone, of the three teams at the back, are working hard to pull themselves into contention for points.  These guys have come from nowhere at the start of the season to a place where they appear to be genuinely fighting with Toro Rosso for position.

In Free Practice in Valencia they outpaced the Italian Bulls and in Qualifying that trend was repeated with Heikki beating them into Q2.

In the race itself Both Caterhams had ToroRosso incidents, Heikki's perhaps the most unfortunate, even though he had serious issues with his KERS throughout the race.

Here in Silverstone they are bringing even more upgrades, having upgraded the floor fro Valencia they are now bringing "new rear bodywork, a revised exhaust layout and a number of smaller updates in other bodywork areas around the car" according to their Tech Director, Mark Smith.

Vitaly Petrov feels they have a clear ambition

As we'll be bringing more new parts to the British Grand Prix I think it's another race where we'll be able to take a step forwards. I'm sure everyone else will be bringing upgrades so we need to make sure that we don't just make gains, but we improve more than our nearest rivals. That's a big challenge but after seeing the gap to Toro Rosso shrink in Valencia we have a clear target just ahead and that gave the whole team a real boost.

and Heikki sound revitalised after the European GP weekend

At the last race in Valencia we clearly made improvements, enough to help me put the car into Q2 on merit and we have more upgrades coming for Silverstone. For this race it's important that we carry our qualifying speed and good reliability through into Sunday as issues like the KERS problem I had in Valencia impact all the hard work the team is doing at the factory and in the wind tunnel to get us where we want to be. If we can do that I think we can have another very good weekend and I'm really looking forward to giving our home fans something to cheer for.

I'm hoping they'll show strongly throughout the Weekend and look forward to an improved final position in the race.  Go guys, take it to the midfield pack!