Caterham's 'just reward' for improved performance
25 June 2012 – Caterham enjoyed a marked performance in Valencia, achieving the kind of pace the team had wished for at the start of the 2012 Formula 1 season. After Heikki Kovalainen made Q2 qualifying on merit, he and Vitaly Petrov raced to 13th and 14th positions on Sunday, with the Russian ahead.
Having made three pit-stops prior to the deployment of the Safety Car, Petrov ran in the points before quicker, recovering cars came through and passed him. Despite this, general confidence levels are up; not only did a new rear wing and several other new parts have a large effect, but a more significant update package comes for Silverstone.
"We have more upgrades to come for Silverstone and, if we keep up this level of momentum, we have a very exciting second half of the season ahead of us.”
Kovalainen was hit by Jean-Éric Vergne in the braking zone for Turn 12, puncturing tyres on both cars and resulting in a double penalty for the Frenchman. Later in the race, the other Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo turned into Petrov at the right-hander of Turn 14.