Brazilian Grand Prix FP1 & FP2

Caterham F1 Team information
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Weather
FP1: dry, sunny, air temp 25° – 28°, track temp 33° – 42°
FP2: dry, sunny, air temp 33°, track temp 48°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: VDG 1.16.460 19th / PET 1.16.617, 21st
FP2: PET 1.16.126, 19th / KOV 1.16.655, 20th
Total laps:
FP1: VDG 32 / PET 30
FP2: PET 39 / KOV 42

Runplan – FP1
Giedo van der Garde
1001 – 1003: Installation, 1 lap
1003 – 1016: System checks
1016 – 1027: Run 2, 7 laps
1027 – 1044: Changes: front toe / front brake blanking
1044 – 1055: Run 3, 8 laps
1055 – 1058: Changes: n/a
1058 – 1110: Run 4, 8 laps
1110 – 1119: Changes: n/a
1119 – 1132: Run 5, 8 laps

Vitaly Petrov
1000 – 1002: Installation, 1 lap
1002 – 1014: System checks
1014 – 1027: Run 2, 8 laps
1027 – 1046 Changes: brake blanking, rear brake blanking
1046 – 1058: Run 3, 8 laps
1058 – 1114: Changes: front / rear ride height, front anti-roll bar, front wing flap angle
1114 – 1133: Run 4, 13 laps

Runplan – FP2
Heikki Kovalainen
1403 – 1416: Run 1, 10 laps
1416 – 1423: Changes: n/a
1423 – 1433: Run 2, 6 laps
1433 – 1446: Changes: front wing flap angle
1446 – 1456: Run 3, 6 laps
1456 – 1503: Changes: front wing flap angle, brake balance
1503 – 1532: Run 4, 20 laps

Vitaly Petrov
1401 – 1411: Run 1, 6 laps
1411 – 1415: Changes: front wing flap angle, rear brake blanking
1415 – 1431: Run 2, 9 laps
1431 – 1440: Changes: front anti-roll bar
1440 – 1451: Run 3, 7 laps
1451 – 1458: Changes: front wing flap angle, rear ride height
1458 – 1503: Run 4, 4 laps
1503 – 1511: Changes: n/a
1511 – 1530: Run 5, 13 laps

Team Quotes

Giedo van der Garde (drove FP1 in Heikki Kovalainen’s car): “That was a really good way to sign off my 2012 FP1 sessions for sure. We got through a decent number of laps and I have to say I enjoyed myself today! The track is great, especially with the 2013 development tyres I was on for the first couple of runs, and it’s good to know I’ve helped the team get through a lot of work that will be really valuable this weekend.

“I thanked the guys at the end of the session for today and for all the work they’ve done to help me this season. I’ve really enjoyed working with them this year and I feel like I’ve learnt a lot and developed well. Now it’s back to the normal race weekend plan and I hope it’s a good one for the team.”

Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “Having sat out FP1 I was back in the car for the afternoon session and it was important to get as much mileage completed as possible. We went through the usual program, focusing on tyre usage and setups on different fuel loads and I think it went ok. It’s a shorter lap here in Brazil than quite a few of the other circuits, but our times looked ok relative to the cars around us and with some more work tonight and tomorrow we should be ok both for qualifying and the race on Sunday.”

Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “I think we made some good progress in both sessions and I’m reasonably pleased with where we ended up. In the morning session we ran both the development tyre and the prime we have for this weekend and have a lot of very good data from both. We also tried a couple of different aero configurations which gives us options for this weekend, particularly bearing in mind the chance of bad weather on Sunday. In the afternoon we were looking at fine tuning the setup on long and short runs – we have more to do to get the best out of the harder of the two compounds but the car felt pretty good on the options and we can get even more out of them for the rest of the weekend.

“One thing that was immediately clear was how high tyre deg is going to be here. It’s completely different to last week in Austin where one stop was the obvious choice – if it’s dry here on Sunday it’s much more likely to be two or three stops so tyre management is going to be key.”