‘Very soon our efforts will pay off’

Date published: July 16 2012

Tony Fernandes is adamant his Caterham team will “very soon” find themselves in the top ten as the backmarker outfit seeks their first point…

Tony Fernandes is adamant his Caterham team will “very soon” find themselves in the top ten as the backmarker outfit seeks their maiden Championship point.

Caterham’s goal for this season was to mix it up with the midfield and challenge for the few points. But while they have at times demonstrated improved pace they haven’t been able to sustain it long enough to launch an attack on a points-paying result.

Team owner Fernandes, though, is confident that will come sooner than later, perhaps even at this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

“Both the German and Hungarian races give us a chance to get back on track, literally and metaphorically,” said the Malaysian businessman.

“The team will take a very well deserved break after the race in Budapest, but before that we need to have two strong weekends where we can exploit the hard work put in all year by the team in the design office and the wind tunnel.

“In Silverstone we were not able to show how far we have progressed, for a number of reasons, but I am more sure than ever that we are going in the right direction, and that very soon our efforts will pay off.

“This is an extraordinary season and it is possible that in previous years the gains we have made would have been more obvious.

“We are still a small team, but we have already made very good progress this year and with a little luck and even more hard work I know we will make that step into the midfield and join the battles that are going on ahead of us.

“We have the people to help us do that, and after Hungary we will be moving the F1 team to our new home in Leafield and that will mark the next chapter in our extraordinary story.

“However, now we are focusing on the races that take us past the mid-point of the season and I am excited about seeing what we can achieve at both grands prix.

“Hopefully Heikki’s car won’t suffer the same contact that cost him so much downforce in the British Grand Prix, and I know that Renault Sport F1 are working as hard as they can to ensure we do not suffer a repeat of the engine failure that ended Vitaly’s race before it started in Silverstone.

“With more time on track to push the upgrade package as far as we can, and a little luck, both races could send us into the summer break on a very positive note.”

Caterham’s best results to date this season have been two P13s which Heikki Kovalainen achieved in Monaco and Vitaly Petrov matched at Valencia.