December 12 2013 Latest news:
Michael Bailey, Formula One correspondent
Friday, October 4, 2013
Hingham-backed Caterham hope this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix can see them make progress as the 2013 season run in starts to approach.
With Caterham still chasing the Marussia-occupied 10th place in the constructors’ championship, plus Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde yet to secure their drive with the Norfolk marque for next year, there is still plenty on the line heading into the final six races of the campaign – starting with Sunday’s race near Yeongam.
“The track was obviously very green to start off with, and one of the first things I noticed was how bumpy the new pit lane exit is, but in general the car felt pretty good from the first full run,” said Pic, who was handed a second reprimand of the season after passing a red light indicating he should stop for weighing at the end of the first free practice session.
One more reprimand this season, and the Frenchman will incur a 10-place grid penalty – as suffered by Red Bull’s Mark Webber this weekend.
Van der Garde added: “Overall I think that is a better Friday than we’ve had for a while. I drove FP1 here in Korea last year so the track wasn’t new to me and that’s obviously an advantage when every lap counts towards maximising performance in FP1 and FP2 – and it paid off today, even though I know I didn’t get everything out of my quickest lap on the supersofts in FP2.”
Qualifying in Korea takes place on Saturday at 6am UK time, with Sunday’s race starting at 7am.