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Monday, October 15, 2012

Caterham Korean GP Review

Korean Grand Prix - Sunday 14th October 2012

Heikki in the 2012 Korean Grand Prix
Petrov maintains lead over Kovalainen from grid to finish
Courtesy Caterham F1
Race: Dry, sunny, air temp 21° / track temp 27° (start), 21° / 26° (lap 27), 21° / 26° (lap 55)

Heikki Kovalainen
1431 leave for grid, 2 laps
Start on supersoft tyres
Lap 13: pitstop 1, soft tyres, changes: front wing flap angle
Lap 33: pitstop 2, soft tyres
Finished: 17th

Vitaly Petrov
1431 leave for grid, 2 laps
Start on supersoft tyres
Lap 14: pitstop 1, soft tyres, changes: front wing flap angle
Lap 32: pitstop 2, soft tyres
Finished: 16th  

Team Quotes

Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “That was a pretty straightforward race that for us was really all about making sure both cars finished clear of the teams behind us without any problems. I had another good start and was ahead of my teammate through turn one after starting on the supersofts. They started to go off relatively quickly, particularly the right front, which we knew would probably be likely in the race so for both stops we opted for the softs and they held up well for most of the afternoon. To be honest it was a pretty quiet race for me. We were easily able to stay ahead of the teams behind, we didn’t have any problems with the car and we probably got as much as we could out of the car today.”
Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “For me that was a good afternoon, probably the best result I could have had today. The car was working well throughout the race and I had a good battle with Heikki right from the flag. Today was really all about managing the gap to the Marussias, getting through the first corner without any problems and from there making sure I looked after the tyres. In the first stint that was pretty hard as the options I started on were graining quite early on, but both sets of primes I used in the second and third stints worked well and I was able to take it to the flag without any problems.”