Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team – Canadian Grand Prix FP1 & FP2

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FP1: Overcast, air temp 21° – 22°, track temp 22°
FP2: Overcast, air temp 23° – 24°, track temp 27° – 22°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: PET 1.17.935, 18th / KOV 1.18.177, 19th
FP2: KOV 1.16.981, 16th / PET 1.17.075, 18th

Total laps:
FP1: PET 23 / KOV 16
FP2: KOV 24 / PET 41

Runplan – FP1
Heikki Kovalainen
1000 – 1002: Installation, 1 lap (prime tyres) 
1002 – 1020: System checks  
1020 – 1032: Run 2, 8 laps (prime tyres)
1032 – 1039: Changes: rear wing
1039 – 1050: Run 3, 7 laps (prime tyres)
1050: Accident in exit of T9 ends session

Vitaly Petrov
1000 – 1002: Installation, 1 lap (prime tyres) 
1002 – 1021: System checks  
1021 – 1034: Run 2, 8 laps (prime tyres)
1034 – 1037: Changes: front wing flap angle, rear wing
1037 – 1049: Run 3, 6 laps (prime tyres)
1049 – 1059: Changes: front wing flap angle, rear wing
1059 – 1115: Run 4, 8 laps (prime tyres)

Runplan – FP2
Heikki Kovalainen
1433 – 1444: Run 1, 8 laps (prime tyres) 
1444 – 1504: Changes: n/a  
1504 – 1519: Run 2, 10 laps (option tyres)
1519 – 1522: Changes: n/a
1522 – 1532: Run 3, 6 laps (option tyres)

Vitaly Petrov
1401 – 1415: Run 1, 9 laps (prime tyres) 
1415 – 1421: Changes: rear brake blanking  
1421 – 1432: Run 2, 7 laps (option tyres)
1432 – 1436: Changes: front wing flap angle
1436 – 1449: Run 3, 7 laps (option tyres)
Red flag
1449 – 1502: Changes: front brake blanking
1502 – 1512: Run 4, 7 laps (option tyres)
1512 – 1516: Changes: n/a
1516 – 1530: Run 5, 10 laps (prime tyres)

Team Quotes

Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “First I want to say thank you to the team for doing a great job and getting the car fixed and ready for most of FP2. I made a mistake on the exit of turn 9 and hit the wall, obviously doing some pretty substantial damage to the car but, thankfully, not to the chassis. As soon as we got it back to the garage the guys started work on rebuilding it so to get that job done and giving me FP2 track time was a very good achievement.

“Before the FP1 off the car had felt good pretty much from the first lap. In FP2 I had the same sort of positive feel from the balance and I think we look ok here – not quite as close as we were in Monaco but certainly close enough to have a good race on Sunday.”
Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “I am pleased with how both sessions went today. 64 laps over FP1 and FP2 gives us a very good amount of data to work on tonight and we pretty quickly found a decent balance on both sets of tyres so I think we can keep progressing throughout the weekend. We obviously can’t tell where we really are against the cars ahead as everyone was running different fuel levels and tyre compounds at different times, but I think we look pretty good here. The aim now is to keep up the positive momentum and see what happens in quali and in the race.”

Thierry Salvi, Renault Sport F1 Support Leader: “Canada is an interesting challenge for us from the engine side. The track evolves quickly over thw eekend but for us cooling and fuel consumption are probably the biggest focus areas, and we need to pay particular attention to the weather as that has a large effect on both cooling and fuel consumption. Both sessions today were dry so I think we have good data to work on from today’s running, despite losing some time on Heikki’s car after his accident in FP1.

“On the cooling side the weather also has a major influence on how we configure the car. The lower speeds in the wet mean the cooling capability of the cars also has to be lowered to compensate so today’s information from the dry runs should give us the right platform to work on for both qualifying and the race. Both drivers are happy with how we have started the weekend, so we go into FP3 and qualifying in a positive frame of mind.”

Mark Smith, Technical Director: “That was a positive Friday for us. Heikki’s accident this morning obviously meant we had to change his runplan for the day but excellent work by the team gave him enough laps on both tyre compounds in FP2 to make sure we minimised the loss of track time today. His times this afternoon were good but there is definitely some more to come. He had a few issues with traffic on the super soft tyres so I think we will see him pushing hard all weekend. Vitaly also had a good day, working through his whole plan and setting good times on both the soft and the super soft tyres. We have some more work to do on his car to help improve his low-speed traction and front grip, but we know what to do with that so I think we will be in good shape tomorrow on both sides of the garage.”