F1 – 2012 United States Grand Prix Qualifying – Caterham F1 Team

Vitaly Petrov, Caterham F1 Team

United States Grand Prix FP3 & Qualifying

Weather
FP3: Dry, sunny, air temp 11° – 17°, track temp 14° – 23°
Quali: Dry, sunny, air temp 21°, track temp 31°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PET 1.40.753, 20th / KOV 1.41.011, 21st
Q1: PET 1.40.809, 21st / KOV 1.41.166, 22nd

Total laps:
FP3: PET 19 / KOV 19
Q1: KOV 7 / PET 7

Runplan – FP3
Heikki Kovalainen
0902 – 0905: Installation, 1 lap (hard tyres)
0905 – 0920: System checks
0920 – 0938: Run 2, 9 laps (hard tyres)
0938 – 0947: Changes: front wing flap angle, rear brake blanking
0947 – 1005: Run 3, 9 laps (medium tyres)

Vitaly Petrov
0901 – 0904: Installation, 1 lap (hard tyres)
0904 – 0921: System checks
0921 – 0939: Run 2, 9 laps (hard tyres)
0939 – 0947: Changes: rear brake blanking
0947 – 1005: Run 3, 9 laps (medium tyres)

Runplan – Q1
Heikki Kovalainen
1207 – 1221: Run 1, 7 laps (medium tyres)

Vitaly Petrov
1207 – 1221: Run 1, 7 laps (medium tyres)

Team Quotes

Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “We underperformed today, it’s really that simple. We went with a plan that didn’t work and unfortunately both Vitaly and I weren’t able to get enough heat into the tyres to get the best out of them, or manage the traffic well enough to get a clean lap in. Tomorrow’s another day so now we need to regroup and have a better performance in the race than we did today.”

Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “Quali obviously didn’t go how we wanted it to. I had traffic issues on every lap and wasn’t able to put a clean lap together, but even without that we’ve struggled with the tyres here all weekend and that showed today. It was bad timing for us that the HRT stopped on track just when Heikki and I were on our quickest laps and having been stuck behind them, but you can’t plan for that so we need to put today behind us and hopefully we’ll be better tomorrow.”

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