Pic, 23, was handed a drive through penalty after qualifying for going through a red light at the end of the pitlane.
He also had a 10 place grid penalty carried over from Korea after notching up three reprimands, despite that he started in 20th place thanks to penalties handed out to Adrian Sutil and Jules Bianchi.
‘I had a good start but we’d already decided to serve the drive-through penalty at the end of lap one to get it out of the way and I was playing catch up from there. My target from there was to pass Chilton and I finished almost 20 seconds clear of him so that’s about as much as we could have hoped for today.’ He explained.
The Frenchman said he was ‘pretty happy’ that he’d been able to finish in 18th ahead of Max Chilton’s Marussia.
‘I have to say I’m pretty happy about that, bearing in mind the time I lost on the first lap but I just kept pushing. I think it’s a fair result today for the work the whole team put in, and one that shows we never stop fighting.’ Said Pic.
Teammate Giedo van der Garde’s race was over before it had even begun following a collision with Bianchi’s Marussia going into Turn 1.
‘My start was ok but going into turn one I was squeezed between both the Marussia cars and had nowhere to go. I lost my front wing in contact with Bianchi and then the car went straight off and into the wall.’ The Dutchman said.
While he was disappointed about the retirement, he understood that it was a racing incident and is already looking forward to the Indian Grand Prix in two weeks time.
‘Obviously that’s disappointing, but it was a racing incident and sometimes these things happen so now we’ll move on to India and push for a better weekend there and for the rest of the season.’
Caterham now only have five races left to secure a 13th place finish which would allow them to take 10th place in the constructors championship from Marussia, which they need if they want to receive prize money at the end of the season.
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