Abu Dhabi

Last Race: 23rd Nov Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Felipe Massa
3 Valtteri Bottas

Heikki: Caterham should beat Marussia

2013-05-06 10:34:00

 RSS

Share:

Heikki: Caterham should beat Marussia

Heikki Kovalainen believes Caterham should be beating Marussia with their CT03 but admits it is more difficult to drive than its predecessor...

Heikki Kovalainen believes Caterham should be beating Marussia with their CT03, however, admits the car is more difficult to drive than its predecessor.


Having fallen behind Marussia at the start of this season, Caterham recalled Kovalainen to their ranks to help development.

The Finn had his first taste of the 2013 car when he put it through its pace in the opening practice session for the Bahrain GP.

And although Kovalainen admits the car is not as easy to drive as last year's, he reckons Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde should be getting more performance out of it.

"I could feel that the car is more difficult to drive than it was at the end of last year," he told Sky Sports F1.

"Of course things have changed, tyres have changed, the setup has changed as a result and mainly because of these two things the car has become a bit more difficult to drive.

"On the other hand I could feel there was more we could use in this car and I felt that after driving the car we should be able to beat Marussia and now with the updates coming we should be in a position to beat them."

The 31-year-old also denied rumours that he lost his drive with Caterham at the end of last season after falling out with team owner Tony Fernandes.

"No it is false - I never fell out with him," he said.

"I didn't agree with what they were offering me this year, I didn't agree with Tony on that, but I never fell out with him.

"Then at some point, I think it was at the Australian Grand Prix in qualifying when the weather was quite tricky, I sent a message to Tony and said 'I would have been in Q2,' and then we started discussions about it again and he said 'would you like to come and test our car'."

The sun rises as Raikkonen puts in his first lap of the morning

Editor's Picks

Introducing Fantasy Racing

Introducing Fantasy Racing

PlanetF1 has launched its own Fantasy Racing game, it's free to enter and you can win some cool prizes...

Ten Stupid Moments

Ten Stupid Moments

We've had our fair share of stupid moments in F1 this year and Andrew Davies has rounded up some of the best (or worst)...

Xmas Shopping F1 Style

Xmas Shopping F1 Style

PlanetF1 has teamed up with Memento Exclusives to offer you the best F1 Christmas shopping - and there's an extra something...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...

The Driving Seat And Win

The Driving Seat And Win

Force India have just launched a pretty awesome chair as part of their upcycled F1 range with our friends at Memento Exclusives...