Heikki Kovalainen 'cannot wait' for British Grand Prix given Caterham's progress
|By Jonathan Noble||Friday, June 29th 2012, 09:30 GMT|
Heikki Kovalainen says the British Grand Prix cannot come soon enough, with the latest batch of Caterham upgrades set to deliver another step forward in performance.
The Hingham-based team enjoyed one of its most competitive Formula 1 weekends yet in Valencia as new parts helped Kovalainen make it through to Q2 on merit.
And with further developments - including new rear bodywork, a revised exhaust layout and other aerodynamic details – expected to help bring more performance, Kovalainen is eager to find out what his team can achieve this time out.
"Honestly, I can't wait to get back in the car and see what we can do at this year's British Grand Prix," he said. "At the last race in Valencia we clearly made improvements, enough to help me put the car into Q2 on merit and we have more upgrades coming for Silverstone.
"For this race it's important that we carry our qualifying speed and good reliability through into Sunday as issues like the KERS problem I had in Valencia impact all the hard work the team is doing at the factory and in the windtunnel to get us where we want to be. If we can do that I think we can have another very good weekend and I'm really looking forward to giving our home fans something to cheer for."
Team-mate Vitaly Petrov believes that with Scuderia Toro Rosso now in the team's sights, Caterham has been filled with a fresh sense of enthusiasm about the remainder of the campaign.
"As we'll be bringing more new parts to the British Grand Prix I think it's another race where we'll be able to take a step forwards," he explained. "I'm sure everyone else will be bringing upgrades so we need to make sure that we don't just make gains, but we improve more than our nearest rivals.
"That's a big challenge but after seeing the gap to Toro Rosso shrink in Valencia we have a clear target just ahead and that gave the whole team a real boost.
"Hopefully we'll be able to make similar levels of progress at Silverstone – if we do I think the British Grand Prix could be very interesting. The team made great progress in Valencia and I really hope that we will continue in the same manner at the next race."