We're going in the right direction, says Kovalainen
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7 February 2012 – Like the majority of drivers in Spain on Tuesday, Heikki Kovalainen insists that it is too early to read into the current pace of the F1 field. However, the Finn was pleased to report that Caterham – née Team Lotus – enjoyed a strong start to its programme.
“It’s good to be back at work after the winter break and great to see how up for the season ahead the whole team are,” he said. “We were first out on-track this morning and the early feeling I had from the car was good. It’s far too early to tell how much we’ve progressed but it already feels like we’re going in the right direction.
“We obviously didn’t want to end early today, but we couldn’t sort out a starter shaft issue in time to get back on track, but I’m reasonably pleased with what we have achieved today and I know the team will put in the work tonight to get us back out on track tomorrow and pick up where we left off today.”
Kovalainen will remain in the car on Wednesday. A day later, newly-recruited reserve driver Giedo van der Garde will enjoy a stint in the cockpit before Jarno Trulli begins his first track day of the year on Friday.