Disastrous day for Caterham

By on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Singapore proved to be a frustrating race for Caterham as the team was overtaken by Marussia in the Constructors Championship.

Heikki Kovalainen could manage only fifteenth, with Vitaly Petrov four place in arrears.

"For me that was a good race until the safety cars. We decided to stay out but when we restarted for the second time I’d probably been out too long and the tyres were starting to give up. I had to stop again and there wasn’t enough time to recover from there so that was the end of the race - If it hadn’t been for the safety car I’m sure we’d have finished much higher", said the Finn.

"Now we need to dig even deeper to find more performance from the car. We’ll look at what went wrong this weekend and I’m sure the team will analyse everything and see where we maybe need to make some changes, but we won’t stop fighting."

Petrov apologised to Felipe Massa for contact that left the Brazilian requiring an early stop.

"I had a fantastic start, passed at least two or three cars but then I saw a car to my right make a pretty aggressive move left so I had to move to avoid that. I was very close to Massa and already into the braking zone so unfortunately we had contact and my front wing was damaged, forcing me into the pits", said the Russian.

"Really, that was the end of my race and probably Felipe’s and I’ve already apologised to him as we get on well and it’s a shame we both saw our chances to race end so early, especially as the car has felt good all weekend."


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