F1 News: 2014 Abu Dhabi Test, Day 2 – Caterham F1 Team

Caterham logoYas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi – 26 November 2014

Fastest lap / position:
STE 1:44.551, P5

Total laps: 76

Morning: Dry, sunny. Track temp 48°, air temp 30°
Afternoon: Dry, sunny, then twilight. Track temp 42°, air temp 29°

Will Stevens, car #46, chassis CT05-#04: “Today’s been another very good day. We started to do our performance runs at the end of the day – I managed to get one run in and put a good lap time on the board, but we unfortunately had a small issue when I was on a better lap… Having said that, we cannot complain about the reliability here in Abu Dhabi, it’s been a trouble-free week. I’ve learned so much over the weekend and the past two days, I’ve got to the point where I now feel very comfortable in the car.

“Looking back, I wish I could have the race weekend beginning now, after these two days – I’ve definitely made the most of this test. I’ve had a great time and it’s very nice to be able to say that I’ve raced in my first F1 Grand Prix – I didn’t make any silly mistakes, learned a lot, enjoyed every second and did a good job. It’s been a great week and I want to thank both the team and the fans for giving me this opportunity. Now let’s wait and see what the future brings.”

Gianluca Pisanello, CaterhamF1 Team Head of Engineering Operations: “It’s been a very positive two days of testing here in Abu Dhabi. Will has done an excellent job, making no mistakes and providing very valuable feedback. Today we continued to work on the test programme that we started yesterday, evaluating the new 2015 Pirelli tyres as well as working on different set-ups and fine-tuning the car. We can be happy with our reliability throughout most of the test, we only had a small hiccup right at the end of the day. We were able to complete plenty of laps over the two days and to do so at a good pace and overall the test run very smoothly.

It’s been a difficult end to the season for the whole team, but we can be very pleased with what we have achieved here in Abu Dhabi after having missed two races. The team has worked extremely hard and it’s been a pleasure to work with a group of people who never stopped believing we would be here and, of course, we cannot forget the fans who also helped us on our journey here. We can end the season with a smile on our faces.”

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