Caterham drivers Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen both pleased with the way their Friday sessions panned out despite finishing nineteenth and twentieth respectively at the Hungaroring. Petrov was two tenths away from the midfield runners and the Russian driver believes that demonstrates the progress being made by the team.
“Overall it's been a pretty positive day. We managed to complete a good number of laps in both sessions, despite the rain in the afternoon, and the times today show that we're getting back to where we want to be, relative to the opposition. I was particularly pleased with the time I produced on the soft tyres in FP2 and I think it shows that we've made some progress. The rain obviously affected us the same as it did with everyone in FP2 but we made the call to go out on the inters and managed to get some good information on those tyres and the setup we might consider for Sunday, if the forecasts about rain are right. All in all, it's been a good day and I'm looking forward to getting back in the car tomorrow.”
Kovalainen was also happy despite being outpaced by his teammate in both sessions but the Finn was cautious about making any predictions for the rest of the weekend.
“Both sessions today were pretty good. Even though it was business as normal, 58 laps on a Friday is decent mileage, even with the rain interruption, and we've managed to get through the test programme we'd set for both sessions. Times-wise it's too early to say where we're at this weekend. Hopefully we can have another dry session tomorrow in FP3, and who knows what will happen during the race. The trick is not to make any mistakes in either session tomorrow and put ourselves in as strong a position as possible for the race on Sunday so we can have a good result ahead of the August break.”