posted 6 years ago

Caterham F1 2012 Korean GP

The Caterham F1 Team had a reasonably successful 2012 Korean Grand Prix.

The Caterham F1 Team had a reasonably successful 2012 Korean Grand Prix. As such Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen qualified nineteenth and twentieth, respectively, just missing out on the second part of qualifying. However, both were promoted one position thanks to Daniel Ricardo's penalty for having new transmission in his Toro Rosso. Petrov started the race on super-soft tyres, then emerged from his pit stops on laps fourteen and thirty-two with soft tyres. Kovalainen began on super-softs too, then pitted on laps thirteen and thirty-three for the harder compound. During these pit stops, Caterham also adjusted the cars' front wing flaps to improve their balance. Kovalainen continued to finish seventeenth with a best lap of 1:44.955. Petrov, despite finishing sixteenth, only managed 1:15.013. Hardly fast compared to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who recorded 1:42.499 on his way to first. But at least Caterham's cars were reliable and that is a solid building block.

Petrov said: "For me that was a good afternoon - probably the best result I could have had today. The car was working well throughout the race and I had a good battle with Heikki right from the flag. Today was really all about managing the gap to the Marussias, getting through the first corner without any problems and from there making sure I looked after the tyres.” Kovalainen added: "That was a pretty straightforward race that for us was really all about making sure both cars finished clear of the teams behind us without any problems. I had another good start and was ahead of my team mate through turn one after starting on the super-softs. They started to go off relatively quickly, particularly the right front, which we knew would probably be likely in the race so for both stops we opted for the softs and they held up well for most of the afternoon. To be honest, it was a pretty quiet race for me.”