Vitaly Petrov, Caterham F1 Team

United States Grand Prix

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Weather
Race: Dry, sunny, air temp 23° / track temp 31° (start), 24° / 32° (lap 28), 24° / 32° (lap 56)

Runplan
Vitaly Petrov
Start on medium tyres
Lap 23: pitstop 1, hard tyres
Finished: 17th

Heikki Kovalainen
Start on medium tyres
Lap 21: pitstop 1, hard tyres
Finished: 18th

Team Quotes

Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “For me that was just about as much as I could get out of the car today so I’m pleased with how it went. The start was pretty crazy, everyone on cold tyres going into turn one with a load of cars going off track, but I got through cleanly and as soon as my tyres came up to temperature I pulled away from the cars behind pretty comfortably. We’d planned to do just one stop and it was timed perfect, the boys got me out quickly when we switched to the hard compound so it all went as we wanted. The tyre degradation was also pretty low – we’d seen from the long runs on Friday that it wouldn’t really be a problem, but apart from a small vibration I had from the brakes for the last third of the race, it was a good afternoon without any issues.”

Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “That was one of those races where we probably couldn’t have got much more out of the car. I’ve had issues all weekend with getting heat into the front tyres and it was the same again today for the first few laps. At the start I made up one place and then passed Glock pretty quickly and from there it was relatively easy to control my pace for the rest of the race. The stop went fine, the pitcrew did a very good job today, and apart from the tyre issue, it was about as much as we could have hoped for.”