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Vitaly Petrov believes Caterham is closer than ever to reaching the second stage of qualifying on merit, having narrowly missed out during the last round in Canada. The Russian, who replaced Jarno Trulli at the beginning of the year, is confident that the team's latest car upgrades will push them ever closer to realising their current goal.
"I think the Valencia race and the next one at Silverstone could be pretty positive for our team," he said. "We have a few updates coming onto the cars at the next two races, and we keep seeing how the gap to the teams ahead is closing, little by little.
"That is the aim this year - work as hard as we can to get to the point where we're racing a couple of cars ahead and then see where we go from there.
"We were closer than ever to Q2 on merit in qualifying in Canada, so let's see what the upgrades we're bringing to Valencia and Silverstone help us do."
Petrov has failed to finish inside the top ten during his previous two Grands Prix at the Valencia Street Circuit, recording 14th and 15th place finishes respectively.
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