Recovering Kovalainen completes Caterham schedule
While still getting better from a minor food poisoning yeserday, Heikki Kovalainen got in the car and worked off the entire scheduled programme for the day. The team is confident progress is being made, which is encouraging as new parts are still to be added.
Heikki Kovalainen: “I’m pleased with how today has gone. I’m still not quite 100% after a bit of food poisoning kept me away from the track yesterday, but I’m pretty much over it and the way today has gone is good news. We keep going in the right direction and seem to have put the little issues that were holding us up behind us and the number of laps we’ve now run means I’m starting to be able to fine tune the setup and find a balance I’m really happy with. There’s still more to come in outright pace and we’ll work more on that tomorrow, but I think we can say this has been another good day for the whole team.”
Mike Gascoyne, Caterham Group Chief Technical Officer: “Once again a very productive day. Heikki was running a very similar program to Vitaly’s plan yesterday with tyre evaluation this morning and long runs with high fuel in the afternoon and with 104 laps completed we managed to run through the whole plan. We are clearly making progress and what is particularly encouraging is that we know there is still more to come.”
Riad Asmat, Caterham Group Chief Executive Officer: “Another very good day, and signs that we are starting to find out what this car can do. The team have worked very well today and apart from a minor issue this morning we have run faultlessly and have shown pretty good pace, so I think we can be pleased with what we have achieved today.”
Total laps: 104
Best lap: 1.23.828