“After a tough couple of races the main goal is obviously to get back to the performance levels we were putting in at races like Spa. We have the pace on Sundays to fight, we have the determination to keep pushing the teams ahead and maybe we just need a bit of the luck that seems to have deserted us recently.” Giedo van der Garde said.
His teammate Charles Pic echoed his comments and is hoping that the warmer weather will help them.
“Our car does seem to perform better when the track conditions are hot and even though we race from the late afternoon into the evening, it’s still hot so we are definitely aiming to get back to the performance levels we’ve targeted for this stage of the season.” Pic said.
The Frenchman went on to say that understanding tyre behaviour and how to get the maximum from them at the Yas Marina Circuit was crucial for their qualifying performance.
“one thing we have to watch closely is how the tyre behaviour changes as the track temperatures go up and down – they can differ by up to 10°c between FP3 and qualifying so understanding how to get the best out of the tyres in the different conditions is very important.”
Caterham haven’t had the best luck recently with Giedo van der Garde retiring from both the Japanese and the Indian Grand Prix and Charles Pic being forced to retire from the Indian Grand Prix last weekend due to a hydraulic problem.
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