Charles Pic enjoyed what he has dubbed as Caterham’s “best race of the year”, after the Frenchman managed to completely out-race the Marussia duo throughout the weekend. After several new upgrades to the car, it seems the Leafield-based outfit has finally rediscovered its form over Marussia towards the back of the pack.
During the opening three races of the year, Caterham were visibly out-shone by the Marussia duo, particularly Jules Bianchi who has enjoyed a wonderful start to his Formula 1 career. After a season with the Anglo-Russian outfit last year, many initially predicted Charles Pic to shine in the green colors of Caterham. Finally it seems the Frenchman has done just that, with a superb race around the Bahrain International Circuit.
After initially out-qualifying both Marussias and his team-mate of Giedo van der Garde, Charles Pic enjoyed a rather competitive outing in the desert which eventually saw him finish ahead of rookie and Sauber driver Esteban Gutierrez in 17th position. Although Charles Pic’s result around the Bahrain International Circuit was his lowest classified finish so far this season, the Frenchman thoroughly believes it was both his and Caterham’s best result of the year.
“That’s our best race of the year so far and one the whole team should be pleased with.” Enthused Charles Pic, “I quickly passed both the Marussia cars after starting on the medium tyres which held up for the first stint pretty well, allowing me to pit for the first time on Lap 11. I passed Gutierrez and was running comfortably in 16th until Sutil got past about two thirds of the way through the race. I’m really pleased with how close we finished to the Toro Rosso ahead, and the fact we kept a Sauber behind – maybe if I’d been slightly further up the road after the start we could have beaten Ricciardo, but we can take this performance as a good step and look forward to what’s coming next in Spain.”
With Caterham expected to introduce further upgrades to their cars next time out at the Spanish Grand Prix, expect the battle for 10th in the Constructors’ Championship to intensify between Caterham and Marussia. Despite this decent result for the Leafield-based outfit, they still remain 11th in the Constructors’ Championship behind Marussia. With neither team scoring points so far this season, their positions in the Championship are dictated by their highest recorded finish which is so far 13th by Jules Bianchi at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The result could have been stronger for Caterham, however Giedo van der Garde’s race was ruined during the opening laps after a collision with Jean-Eric Vergne. The Dutchman’s race failed to improve after his early and unscheduled pit stop, after his tyre delaminated prior to his fourth stop. He eventually finished the race 21st and last, two laps off of the leaders.
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