Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham F1 Team

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix FP3 & Qualifying

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Weather
FP3: dry, sunny, air temp 32° – 31°, track temp 44° – 41°
Quali: sunset, air temp 29°, track temp 32°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: KOV 1.45.301, 19th / PET 1.46.261, 22nd
Q1: KOV 1.44.956, 19th / PET 1.45.151, 21st

Total laps:
FP3: KOV 22 / PET 22
Q1: KOV 11 / PET 11

Runplan – FP3
Heikki Kovalainen
1400 – 1406: Installation, 2 laps (medium tyres)
1406 – 1414: System checks
1414 – 1428: Run 2, 7 laps (medium tyres)
1428 – 1434: Changes: front wing flap angle, front anti-roll bar
1434 – 1444: Run 3, 5 laps (medium tyres)
1444 – 1450: Changes: front wing flap angle
1450 – 1505: Run 4, 7 laps (soft tyres)

Vitaly Petrov
1400 – 1407: Installation, 2 laps (medium tyres)
1407 – 1411: System checks.
1411 – 1426: Run 2, 7 laps (medium tyres)
1426 – 1432: Changes: front / rear ride height, front brake duct blanking
1432 – 1444: Run 3, 6 laps (medium tyres)
1444 – 1450: Changes: n/a
1450 – 1505: Run 4, 7 laps (soft tyres)

Runplan – Q1
Heikki Kovalainen
1700 – 1712: Run 1, 6 laps (medium tyres)
1712 – 1714: Refuel
1714 – 1724: Run 2, 5 laps (soft tyres)

Vitaly Petrov
1700 – 1712: Run 1, 6 laps (medium tyres)
1712 – 1713: Refuel
1713 – 1724: Run 2, 5 laps (soft tyres)

Team Quotes

Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “I’m pretty pleased with my final lap but I know there was more pace in the car. My first run on the medium tyres was ok but on the second run on the softs I had a problem with the DRS that meant I wasn’t able to really attack the high speed corners and that cost me a bit of time. Despite that I think we’re looking ok for tomorrow. The balance feels better with the lower track temperatures we had for quali and that’ll most likely be the same tomorrow for the race, so hopefully I can have another good start and see how hard we can push the cars ahead.”

Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “Honestly I’m a little bit disappointed with where I’ve ended up in quali today because I thought the car would be a bit quicker than it was. We had a slightly tricky FP3 and tried a couple of setup options to find a good balance and when I went out for my first run in Q1 it didn’t really feel like I could push. It felt better on the softs and on my fastest lap I was looking good up to turn 17 but a bit of traffic after that held me up just enough to cost me time. The good thing is that the car definitely felt better when the track temperatures had dropped a bit so I think we’ll be ok tomorrow.”