Heikki Kovalainen suffered from KERS failure during Indian Grand Prix

Kovalainen still managed to finish 18th

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28 October 2012 - 13:11
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Heikki Kovalainen lost out due to a KERS failure during the latter stages of the Indian Grand Prix, which forced the Finn to cede his track position to team-mate Vitaly Petrov. Despite this unfortunate turn of events, Kovalainen was still able to finish the race ahead of the Marussias and HRTs in 18th position.

After starting the race from 20th on the grid, Heikki Kovalainen was able to enjoy a positive start after picking several places through the opening few corners. As the opening stint played out, Caterham decided switch from a two-stop to a one-stop strategy, with tyre degradation less of an issue around the Buddh International Circuit. However, roughly two thirds of the way through the race, Kovalainen suffered the KERS failure which plagued him until the end of the race.

“My start was good.” Explained Heikki Kovalainen, “We had planned to do two stops but with the way the car was performing we went long on the first stint and switched to a one stop, boxing just after halfway. I had a good stop but about two thirds of the way through the race I had a KERS problem which meant I had to let Vitaly [Petrov] pass. From there it was really just a matter of getting my car to the end of the race. Losing KERS obviously didn’t help but it was still pretty easy to pull away from the cars behind and without that problem I’m sure I’d have finished higher.”

Despite the KERS issue on the car, both Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov remain confident for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next weekend, with the team set to introduce several new upgrades to the CT01. With the Leafield-based outfit still striving to catch Marussia in the Constructors’ Championship, any new upgrade packages will be warmly welcomed in the closing stages of the season, regarding they benefit the overall pace of the car.

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