F1 – 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying – Caterham F1 Team

Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham F1 Team

Brazilian Grand Prix FP3 & Qualifying

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FP3: Overcast, dry, air temp 28°, track temp 36° – 32°
Quali: Overcast, damp, air temp 23, track temp 26° – 27°

Fastest laps / positions:
FP3: PET 1.15.159, 18th / KOV 1.15.707, 19th
Q1: PET 1.17.073, 19th / KOV 1.17.086, 20th

Total laps:
FP3: PET 22 / KOV 21
Q1: PET 14 / KOV 14

Runplan – FP3
Vitaly Petrov
1101 – 1104: Installation, 1 lap (hard tyres)
1104 – 1117: System checks
1117 – 1127: Run 2, 7 laps (hard tyres)
1127 – 1133: Changes: front wing flap angle, front / rear brake blanking
1133 – 1144: Run 3, 7 laps (hard tyres)
1144 – 1152: Changes: front wing flap angle, front / rear brake blanking, brake balance
1152 – 1202: Run 4, 7 laps (medium tyres)

Heikki Kovalainen
1100 – 1102: Installation, 1 lap (hard tyres)
1102 – 1116: System checks
1116 – 1126: Run 2, 7 laps (hard tyres)
1126 – 1134 Changes: front anti-roll bar, front wing flap angle, rear ride height, front brake blanking
1134 – 1146: Run 3, 8 laps (hard tyres)
1146 – 1154: Changes: front wing flap angle, front anti-roll bar, front brake blanking
1154 – 1202: Run 4, 5 laps (medium tyres)

Runplan – Q1
Vitaly Petrov
1400 – 1410: Run 1, 7 laps (medium tyres)
1410 – 1412: Refuel
1412 – 1422: Run 2, 7 laps (medium tyres)

Heikki Kovalainen
1400 – 1410: Run 1, 7 laps (medium tyres)
1410 – 1411: Refuel
1411 – 1422: Run 2, 7 laps (medium tyres)

Team Quotes

Heikki Kovalainen, car 20, chassis CT01-#3: “At the start of qualifying it was quite tricky as there was some standing water on track in the first couple of laps and even though the grip levels improved there was still less grip than in FP3. In the end the times kept coming down and maybe we had a chance to get into Q2, but we can be reasonably happy with how it finished. On my final lap I made a couple of small mistakes, but apart from that I was close to getting as much as I could out of the car so now we move on to tomorrow. The race is going to be really tight – if the forecasts are right it will be pretty tense out there but we know what to do and we’re looking forward to it.”

Vitaly Petrov, car 21, chassis CT01-#2: “I’m very pleased with the result today. It wasn’t quite enough to get into Q2 but in the conditions today I think we can be happy with where we ended up. On the first couple of laps turn four was completely wet so I had to make sure we could maintain tyre temperatures and keep pushing throughout the whole lap until the dry line appeared and in the end it paid off. Tomorrow’s going to be really interesting – we showed yesterday and today that the gap to the cars ahead is a bit closer here than it has been in recent races and the way the weather’s been shifting around means anything can happen in the race. I’m looking forward to it – whatever happens it’s going to be really good for the fans and I hope we can end the season positively.”

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