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Heikki 'can't wait' for Silverstone

Saturday 30-June-2012 13:56

Heikki Kovalainen is relishing a return to racing next weekend, eager to continue Caterham's climb towards Formula One's midfield.

The Finn had a solid showing last time out at the European Grand Prix where he made it into Q2 based on merit.

Although he fell short of his previous best race result of P13, finishing one place back, Kovalainen had been running well before being hit by Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne.

And with more upgrades expected at Silverstone, including a revised exhaust layout, Kovalainen is hoping to see Caterham further close the gap on the midfield teams.

"Honestly, I can't wait to get back in the car and see what we can do at this year's British Grand Prix," he said.

"At the last race in Valencia we clearly made improvements, enough to help me put the car into Q2 on merit and we have more upgrades coming for Silverstone.

"For this race it's important that we carry our qualifying speed and good reliability through into Sunday as issues like the KERS problem I had in Valencia impact all the hard work the team is doing at the factory and in the windtunnel to get us where we want to be.

"If we can do that I think we can have another very good weekend and I'm really looking forward to giving our home fans something to cheer for."

The Finn was also full of praise for the Silverstone circuit, which he rates as one of the best on the Formula One calendar.

"Silverstone is a great track to race at, both because it's one of our two home races and because it's a proper driver's track.

"Even with the changes that have been made over the years it is still what F1 is all about - high speed corners that really push the performance of the car.

"The new section is probably the least exciting bit of the track from inside the cockpit but the classic corners from Copse and Maggots to Beckets is right up there with some of the best corners on the calendar."

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