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Caterham duo excited by latest upgrades
Friday 29th June 2012, 18:08 by Ryan Wood
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Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov are both raring to get behind the wheel of their upgraded Caterham's following an impressive European Grand Prix.
In Valencia last weekend, Kovalainen managed to make it through to Q2 on merit, whilst Petrov ran as high as tenth during the race before dropping back to finally finish 13th with his team-mate just behind him.
The outfit is set to introduce its second major upgrade in as many races as it looks to hunt down the midfield teams which is a prospect that excites the duo.
"Honestly, I can't wait to get back in the car and see what we can do at this year's British Grand Prix," said the Finn. "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 wind tunnel 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."
Petrov shared Kovalainen's enthusiasm and echoed his comments.
"As we'll be bringing more new parts to the British Grand Prix I think it's another race where we'll be able to take a step forwards.
"I'm sure everyone else will be bringing upgrades so we need to make sure that we don't just make gains, but we improve more than our nearest rivals. That's a big challenge but after seeing the gap to Toro Rosso shrink in Valencia we have a clear target just ahead and that gave the whole team a real boost.
"Hopefully we'll be able to make similar levels of progress at Silverstone - if we do I think the British Grand Prix could be very interesting. The team made great progress in Valencia and I really hope that we will continue in the same manner at the next race."