Caterham suffered a mixed performance at India today. Vitaly Petrov once again out qualified his team mate, whilst Heikki Kovalainen ended the session in the gravel but will start twentieth.
There is mounting speculation that both drivers could be replaced for next season, with Petrov and Kovalainen keen to attract attention from other teams.
“It’s been a pretty good weekend so far. The balance has been better than we had in Korea and on my first run in qualifying the car felt ok. There was more to come but I had a bit of traffic that held me up and then on my second run I caught up with a bunch of cars going into turn 10 and lost a bit of grip, enough to put me off,” Kovalainen said afterwards.
“I wasn’t going in too hard and there weren’t any issues with the car, I just lost the front end and even with the spin I didn’t lose any positions so I think we can still have a good race tomorrow.”
Petrov remained positive after out qualifying his team mate again.
“I’m really happy with where we finished up today. All weekend the team has done a good job and I’ve had a balance I’ve been happy with in every session. We made a couple of changes for quali and the way the car felt and my laptimes showed that we made some progress, so I’m pleased with that,” the Russian driver said.
“Now we’re looking ahead to tomorrow and to be honest anything could happen. Nobody’s too sure what tyre strategies will be run, it could be one stop or two, so we’ll look at that tonight and I’m pretty sure that if we make the right choice we could have a decent result in the race.”