Heikki Kovalainen - Photo Credit: Caterham F1 Team
Heikki Kovalainen - Photo Credit: Caterham F1 Team
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Thirteenth The Maximum For Kovalainen And Caterham

Caterham remain behind Marussia in the constructor’s championship battle after Heikki Kovalainen agonisingly finished thirteenth in Abu Dhabi. The Finn was unable to challenge the midfield teams despite two safety car periods and is still looking for extra pace from his CT01.

“I had a good race today. In India the balance had felt good in the race and if I hadn’t had the KERS problem I’m sure I’d have had a better afternoon there. Here it was the same – the car felt good and with more performance we’d be up there in the fight. We need to keep working on the new parts we brought here to get the most out of them and we have three more days on track here to help us do that so we have several reasons to be positive about the remaining two races.”

“Today I had an ok start and my pace was pretty good. After the quicker cars passed me I was really on my own for most of the race. When the safety cars came out obviously everything bunched up again but after each restart I was able to pull away easily and finished the race after probably getting as much as I could out of the car today.”

Teammate Vitaly Petrov was sixteenth after a disappointing evening which he put down to a lack of front grip.

“I made quite a good start and was side by side with Heikki. If we’d both braked at the same point we’d have probably hit so I braked a bit early and from that point I was struggling for grip. I’m not sure what the reason was but on both stints I just didn’t have the pace to attack the cars ahead. I had understeer for most of the race and that really held me up. It’s obviously a bit of a disappointing race, especially when you see that Heikki had good pace today, but sometimes it’s like that. The car felt good on Friday afternoon but yesterday and today the grip just wasn’t there. We have a bit of time now to analyse why and then make sure we get back to the pace we know we can find at the next race in Austin.”