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Caterham F1 2012 Belgian GP

The Caterham F1 Team's Belgian Grand Prix weekend was packed with incident.

The Caterham F1 Team's Belgian Grand Prix weekend was packed with incident. As such Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov qualified nineteenth and twentieth, respectively, but moved forward one position each as Mercedes-Benz' Nico Rosberg received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change. Then there was the start. An incident caused by Lotus' Romain Grosjean wiped out himself, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, and Sauber's Sergio Perez. This triggered the safety car, at which point Kovalainen had charged to tenth. However, places were lost at the restart and after a later error. The Finnish ace then had a problem releasing his car during a pit stop, then broke the front wing clipping an HRT. Considering this, finishing seventieth was a pleasing result.

Caterham F1's Vitaly Petrov also avoided the opening lap carnage to move from nineteenth to thirteenth. The Russian racer later had a release issue during his lap twelve pit stop, but stayed ahead of the chasing pack. Around half way through the race Petrov pitted again for harder compound tyres. These degraded at a sensible rate and enabled him to maintain a reasonable pace and finish fourteenth. As for the 2012 season overall, neither Kovalainen or Petrov have scored points. However, Caterham F1 is taking steps to move forward. As such it has recently announced that EADS - the global aerospace and defence group corporation - has signed-up as Official Partner. Team Principal Tony Fernandes says this is 'the first of a number of exciting announcements'. Watch this space.