Kovalainen: KERS is worth four tenths
26 January 2012 – On top of the aerodynamic gains of the new Caterham CT01, Heikki Kovalainen believes the newly-named team will enjoy an extra four tenths of a second around most Formula 1 laps thanks to KERS. With the team having acknowledged that it was losing lap time and race positions through not running the system last year, it can now look forward to making the most of it.
“It's something that will really enable us to race those around us, especially at the race starts,” the Finn explained to Sky Sports News. “In terms of lap times, it should be worth around four tenths.”
2012 marks Kovalainen’s sixth term in F1, having debuted with Renault in 2007 before switching to McLaren and Lotus (now Caterham) in 2008 and 2010, respectively.
“I feel one hundred percent ready to go and ready for even better performances this season,” he continued. “As a team, we want to move into the midfield. We've set the target of always qualifying in Q2 and challenging the teams directly above us - whether that's Williams or whoever it is. It's really, really close and we want to be in that group.”
Caterham’s new car, again powered by a Renault engine, was revealed on Wednesday – a day earlier than planned after photos began to appear on Twitter.