Ericsson sure Caterham can make gains

By on Friday, April 18, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Marcus Ericsson says that he is sure there is a 'considerable' amount of time still to come from Caterham at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

Ericsson was the slowest of the 22 runners in China but believes the team can make gains with their CT05.

"The car was oversteering too much, especially in the high speed corners, so we introduced a bit more understeer to help counteract that and it worked well on run two which we used to do some aero evaluation," he said.

"Before going back onto the mediums for the last half hour, to do the long run, we tried the softs for the first time on the performance run but I didn’t have a clear lap and my final quickest time was nowhere near what the car is capable of.

"We have a couple of new procedures here which didn’t really work so we’ll change them for tomorrow and I’m sure there’s a considerable amount of time to come in both FP3 and qualifying."

Kamui Kobayashi was 21st fastest and remains confident that Caterham can make progress.

"[There's] still a bit too much oversteer but definitely a step in the right direction," he said.

"We followed our usual Friday plan and went onto the option tyres before finishing with the long runs, but I didn’t have a clean performance run due to a couple of issues in the cockpit so we’ll fix those for tomorrow. The final long run was okay – the deg levels on both compounds look reasonable."

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