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Caterham F1 Indian GP Friday Report
Old 26 Oct 2012 14:04
 
Category: F1
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Weather
FP1: Hazy, air temp 24 - 28, track temp 30 - 35
FP2: Sunny, air temp 29, track temp 38 - 36

Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: PET 1.30.630, 18th / VDG 1.30.896, 19th
FP2: KOV 1.29.320, 19th / PET 1.29.606, 20th

Total laps:
FP1: PET 24 / VDG 20
FP2: KOV 43 / PET 22

Runplan FP1
Giedo van der Garde
1002 1004: Installation, 1 lap (hard tyres)
1004 1033: System checks
1033 1045: Run 2, 7 laps (hard tyres)
1045 1102: Changes: rear brake blanking
1102 1119: Run 3, 9 laps (hard tyres)
1119 1127: Changes: front brake duct blanking
1127 1132: Run 4, 3 laps (hard tyres)

Vitaly Petrov
1001 1004: Installation, 1 lap (hard tyres)
1004 1034: System checks
1034 1048: Run 2, 8 laps (hard tyres)
1048 1056: Changes: front wing flap angle, front torsion bar, front anti-roll bar
1056 1108: Run 3, 7 laps (hard tyres)
1108 1119: Changes: front wing flap angle, front torsion bar, front anti-roll bar, rear brake duct blanking
1119 1133: Run 4, 8 laps (hard tyres)

Runplan - FP2
Heikki Kovalainen
1400 1415: Run 1, 9 laps (hard tyres)
1415 1423: Changes: brake balance
1423 1443: Run 2, 12 laps (hard tyres)
1443 1450: Changes: front wing flap angle
1450 1507: Run 3, 10 laps (soft tyres)
1507 1513: Changes: front wing flap angle
1513 1534: Run 4, 12 laps (soft tyres)

Vitaly Petrov
1401 1413: Run 1, 7 laps (hard tyres)
1413 1424: Changes: front brake duct blanking
1424 1439: Run 2, 8 laps (soft tyres)
1439 1445: Changes: front brake duct blanking
1445 1500: Run 3, 7 laps (soft tyres)
Session ended early for precautionary reasons as engine sensors indicated a possible issue

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Team Quotes
Giedo van der Garde (in Heikki Kovalainens car for FP1):
It was another good session for me today and one I want to dedicate to my Grandpa who sadly passed away last week. I know hes always been very proud of me and he told me to enjoy myself whenever Im driving, so I made sure I did today. The circuit is pretty technical but I was up to speed quickly and didnt have any problems getting through the plan we were running today. One thing that was really obvious was just how much the track evolves even on my first run I could feel the grip levels improving with every lap, so by Sunday it will probably feel very different, but for me in FP1 it was fine.

Ill be back in the car again next week in Abu Dhabi at a track I know well, and then I have two full days at the Yas Marina Circuit in the young driver test. Its good to keep adding to the mileage Ive already done this year and Im really pleased with how much progress Im making with the car and the team in general.

Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: Having sat out FP1 the key for me was getting through as many laps as possible and Im pleased with what we achieved in FP2. The balance has been pretty good all afternoon on both tyre compounds we did have some understeer in the high speed corners on the first run on the soft tyres but we dialled that out for the long run and the car felt good as the grip levels kept improving. Its good to see clear air between us and the cars behind and maybe we can play with the tyre strategy tomorrow to push closer to the cars ahead that has to be the aim.

Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: FP1 went well for me. Even though there wasnt a lot of grip early on the car felt pretty good and we got through a lot of aero work that gives us data to work on tonight. In FP2 we were again running well but on my second run on the soft tyres it looked like we might have had a problem with the engine so we ended the session a little early to let the Renault Sport F1 guys take a look and make sure we prevented any damage. Until that point the car had again felt good and wed found a balance where deg levels on the tyres were very manageable. I think were in quite good shape for tomorrow and Sunday so hopefully we can have a strong weekend here in India.
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