Pic hopes for improvement after alternator problem
24 November 2012 – Charles Pic’s Interlagos introduction ended 20 minutes early, as the Frenchman finished his final Friday with Marussia on the infield. Following a strong debut season, he was announced earlier in the day as moving to Caterham for the 2013 Formula 1 campaign.
“The day started well for me, as I completed some aerodynamic testing whilst acclimatising to one last new circuit for me,” he explains. “In the afternoon we were focusing rather more on setup work and the behaviour of the tyres in race-representative conditions.
“We were not able to get a good read of the Option (Medium compound) tyre and then, unfortunately, I had to pull off the track as we experienced an alternator problem. I’m pleased with my long-run pace but we have some more work to do to improve our qualifying pace.”
On the timesheets, Pic ended the day quicker only than Narain Karthikeyan’s HRT and was half a second down on outgoing team-mate Timo Glock.