Kovalainen looking forward to Silverstone

By on Friday, June 29, 2012

Caterham F1 Team

Heikki Kovalainen says that he is looking forward to next weekend's British Grand Prix.

Kovalainen finished thirteenth at the European Grand Prix in a race that was arguably Caterham's best performance of the season.

With a revised CT-01 set to take to the track next Friday, which includes new rear bodywork and a revised exhaust layout, Kovalainen believes that more progress can be made.

"Silverstone is a great track to race at, both because it’s one of our two home races and because it’s a proper driver’s track", he said. "The new section is probably the least exciting bit of the track from inside the cockpit but the classic corners from Copse and Maggots to Beckets is right up there with some of the best corners on the calendar."

"Honestly, I can’t wait to get back in the car and see what we can do at this year’s British Grand Prix. At the last race in Valencia we clearly made improvements, enough to help me put the car into Q2 on merit and we have more upgrades coming for Silverstone."

The Finnish driver, whose only pole position came at this event in 2008, urged his team to have an error free race.

"For this race it’s important that we carry our qualifying speed and good reliability through into Sunday as issues like the KERS problem I had in Valencia impact all the hard work the team is doing at the factory and in the wind tunnel to get us where we want to be. If we can do that I think we can have another very good weekend and I’m really looking forward to giving our home fans something to cheer for."

Vitaly Petrov agreed with his team mate's view.

"After seeing the gap to Toro Rosso shrink in Valencia we have a clear target just ahead and that gave the whole team a real boost. Hopefully we’ll be able to make similar levels of progress at Silverstone"

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