After rain, wind, and choking heat - the Caterham F1 Team seemed satisfied with its 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.
After rain, wind, and choking heat - the Caterham F1 Team seemed satisfied with its 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix weekend. Ex-McLaren star, Heikki Kovalainen, qualified nineteenth but started at the back due to a five place grid penalty. This was incurred after the last race for overtaking under safety car conditions. Despite this, Kovalainen finished a reasonable eighteenth. Furthermore his team mate, Vitaly Petrov, progressed from twentieth on the grid (nineteenth after Heikki's penalty) to sixteenth. What a pity that both cars were lapped.But what is the view from within this fledgling team? Tony Fernandes, Caterham F1 Team Principal, revealed: "I'm happy with how the race went today. We recorded our first two car finish at our home race in Malaysia, and we definitely gave the fans here something to cheer for; particularly with Vitaly battling with the likes of Ferrari, Williams and Toro Rosso.” Vitaly Petrov explained: "I am really happy with the performance today. We didn't show the car's true potential in qualifying, but today I was able to put in similar lap times to the cars ahead and didn't make any mistakes in the tricky conditions”. Heikki Kovalainen added: “I made a small mistake on the inters and had to come in for a new nose, and that dropped me back a few places which basically ended my race. Despite that, it's good that we got both cars home and we also showed again that we have a car that can race on Sundays.”