Charles Pic has voiced positive comments with regards to Caterham’s recent upgrades introduced to the team’s CT03 machine this weekend in Bahrain, which has seen the Frenchman out-qualify his team-mate and the Marussia duo. Currently the upgrades have only been introduced to Charles Pic’s machine.
After a tough start to the new season for the Leafield-based outfit, Charles Pic has finally managed to out-perform arch-rivals Marussia during qualifying for the first time this season after the team introduced a whole host of new upgrades to the Frenchman’s CT03 machine. Throughout the opening three races of the year at Australia, Malaysia and China, Jules Bianchi in particular has completely overshadowed the Caterham outfit with his impressive pace in the Marussia MR-02.
However, Charles Pic has recorded his highest ever qualifying position for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, as the battle towards the back of the pack between Caterham and Marussia rages on. Caterham have so far finished each of the three races this season, however they have visibly been out-performed by Marussia in what has already been a closely fought battle for the coveted 10th position in the Constructors’ Championship. This weekend Charles Pic has been running Caterham’s new upgrades on his machine, and is “reasonably pleased” with the progress made so far.
“I’m pretty happy with where we finished today.” Explained Charles Pic, who qualified a personal best of 18th. “We’d obviously have liked to be a little higher up the grid but with the package we have here in Bahrain I think we got as much as we could today in quali, so we can be reasonably pleased. We have a couple of new parts here which have definitely helped us make some progress, and after a good FP3 we were well set for quali. Now we need to carry that pace into tomorrow’s race and having seen relatively good deg levels on the long runs we could have an interesting fight with a few cars ahead.”
Caterham have yet to shine so far this season, however these new upgrades introduced this weekend could well be the turning point in which the Leafield-based outfit takes the fight for 10th in the Constructors’ Championship to Marussia. Points are realistically still a long-shot for both outfits, however an impressive race performance is certainly on the cards for Caterham in tomorrow’s 57-lap race.
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