Caterham - No surprises on Italian GP qualifying day

Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham
Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham

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Heikki Kovalainen (car 20, chassis CT01-#03, Q1 18th, 11 laps, 1.26.382): "A pretty straightforward qualifying for me today. The car's felt well balanced all day and even though we were ahead of one of the Lotus cars after the first run we knew it would be difficult to push into Q2.

On the second set of tyres I wasn't quite able to get the most out of them so I think the time today is probably as much as I could have got out of it. Despite that the performance here is again much better than Spa and we're back to the sort of levels we expect.

Now we need to push on from here, learn as much as we can about what went wrong in Belgium and make sure we have a good race on Sunday and then carry this pace through into Singapore."

Vitaly Petrov (car 21, chassis CT01-#02, Q1 19th, 11 laps, 1.26.887) "I've been happy with the car today and it's good that we've made clear improvements from FP1 to FP3. In qualifying I couldn't quite push as hard as I'd like - the brakes felt good in FP3 but in quali I couldn't attack into the braking zones as hard as I was able to in third practice so maybe that's where we lost a bit of laptime.

Still, tomorrow's another day and we'll do the best we can to have a good race after having got back some way towards where we should be."

Source: Caterham F1 Team

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Heikki Kovalainen , Vitaly Petrov
Teams Caterham F1
Article type Qualifying report
Tags caterham, italian gp, kovalainen, monza, petrov