The Caterham F1 Team had a fairly successful 2012 U.S. Grand Prix.
The Caterham F1 Team had a fairly successful 2012 U.S. Grand Prix. As such, whereas Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen only qualified twenty-first and twenty-second respectively - they came through the pack to finish seventeenth and eighteenth. Petrov started the race with the medium compound tyres then emerged from his pit stop, on lap twenty-three, with the hard compound. Kovalainen also began on medium rubber then pitted on lap twenty-one for a harder set. Caterham's best race lap came courtesy of Petrov who recorded 1:42.824. That was considerably faster than rivals such as HRT- Cosworth, but an unwelcome contrast Red Bull's Vettel. The World Champion therefore hit 1:39.347 on his way to second place and – perhaps - a third consecutive title.Petrov said: "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.” Kovalainen added: “That was one of those races where we probably couldn't have got much more out of the car. 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 pit crew did a very good job today.” He concluded: “It was about as much as we could have hoped for."