Van der Garde happy with Caterham improvements

By on Friday, October 4, 2013
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Giedo van der Garde says that practice for the Korean Grand Prix was one of the most positive days for the team in a long time.

Van der Garde was nineteenth quickest during the second of Friday's 90 minute sessions.

"Overall I think that as a better Friday than we’ve had for a while," he said.

"In the first session, initially the car balance wasn’t great. I had a bit of oversteer on entry into the high and low speed corners and we had some traction issues that meant I couldn’t really push so we changed front toe and dropped the front wing a bit for the third run."

"Grip levels were obviously improving fast but the changes had pushed the car from oversteer to understeer, particularly in the medium and high-speed corners so for the last FP1 run we added back some more front wing and dropped the rear ride height a bit and by the end of the session we’d made some positive progress."

"In FP2 we started with a car that felt a lot better. I was immediately able to push and even though it was a bit on the edge in the slow speed corners, but generally the changes we made over lunch had worked well – basically it meant I could point the car where I want it and carry speed through the corners," he said. "We went onto the supersofts for the second run and found we had a bit too much understeer – that didn’t help me put a clean lap together and I made a mistake in the final sector so I know I can find more time tomorrow on the options."

Team-mate Charles Pic was twentieth but also believes the team has made progress.

"The car balance was OK until the degradation started but after that it was understeering everywhere so we’ll have to look at how we manage that tonight," he said.

"I switched back to the mediums for the first stint of the long run but had to cut that a bit short after flatspotting the tyres in a small off. The degradation levels until that point had been pretty good and that gives us decent options for Sunday, if it’s dry."

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