Mugello, Italy – 3rd May 2012

Driver: Heikki Kovalainen

Chassis: CT01-#1

Total laps: 139

Fastest lap: 1.23.169 (lap 51)

Runplan
0900 – 0902: Installation, 1 lap, hard tyres
0902 – 0936: System checks
0936 – 0949: Run 2, 8 laps, soft tyres
0949 – 1002: Changes – front / rear brake blanking
1002 – 1004: Run 3, 1 lap, soft tyres (red flag)
1004 – 1020: Changes – front / rear ride height
1020 – 1031: Run 4, 8 laps, soft tyres
1031 – 1040: Changes – front / rear brake blanking 
1040 – 1051: Run 5, 8 laps, medium tyres
1051 – 1104: Changes – rear wing, front wing flap adjustment
1104 – 1106: Run 6, 1 lap, medium tyres (red flag)
1106 – 1123: Changes – n/a
1123 – 1135: Run 7, 8 laps, medium tyres
1135 – 1145: Changes – rear ride height
1145 – 1159: Run 8, 8 laps, medium tyres
1159 – 1217: Changes – front wing flap angle, rear ride height, rear wing
1217 – 1226: Run 9, 6 laps, soft tyres
1226 – 1235: Changes – n/a
1235 – 1244: Run 10, 6 laps, soft tyres
1244 – 1247: Changes – rear brake blanking
1247 – 1300: Run 11, 8 laps, hard tyres
Lunch / Changes – revised bodywork
1411 – 1426: Run 12, 9 laps, medium tyres
1426 – 1431: Changes – n/a
1431 – 1445: Run 13, 9 laps, medium tyres
1445 – 1453: Changes – n/a
1453 – 1459: Run 14, 3 laps, medium tyres – off in turn one
Return to garage
1525 – 1535: Run 15, 7 laps, hard tyres
1535 – 1542: Changes – return to baseline setup
1542 – 1559: Run 16, 11 laps, hard tyres
1559 – 1631: Changes – bodywork, floor
1631 – 1647: Run 17, 11 laps, hard tyres
1647 – 1653: Changes – n/a
1653 – 1659: Run 18, 4 laps, hard tyres (red flag)
1659 – 1711: Changes – front wing flap angle, rear wing
1711 – 1727: Run 19, 10 laps, soft tyres
1727 – 1735: Changes – front wing flap angle, rear wing
1735 – 1747: Run 20, 7 laps, soft tyres
1747 – 1750: Changes – n/a
1750 – 1801: Run 21, 5 laps, soft tyres

Team Quotes

Heikki Kovalainen: “A good day’s work for the team and good to have completed so many laps. I enjoyed myself out there today – even though a lot of what we were doing was pretty repetitive, it’s still a good place to drive an F1 car around and having got through everything we’d planned it’s good to leave this test on a positive note.

“We tried a variety of new parts and it felt like we may have found a couple of things that we can take to the next race. You can never tell just how much of an improvement something has been until you go through all the data, but the fact we’ve brought new parts that feel like a step forward is good. It shows we’re pushing as hard as we can and that’s what we need to do to achieve the goals this year.”

Jody Egginton, Caterham F1 Team Chief Engineer: “It’s been another solid day for us on the final day of the Mugello test. Heikki took over the car today and ran a program very similar to Vitaly’s from day two, completing 139 laps which helped us achieve everything we wanted from this test. We have tried a number of new parts including bodywork, floor, exhausts and some work on the brakes, some of which we expect to see on the race cars next week in Barcelona. 

“This has been a pretty hard week for everyone on track. We’ve run on all three days without any major mechanical issues, and we’ve put the hours in to help us keep progressing, so I want to thank everyone for a very good week of hard work. Now we need to take what we’ve achieved here into the start of the European season and make sure we keep up this level of reliability and focus at the races to come.”