Kovalainen targets points
Finn thinks he can score Caterham's first F1 points in 2012
By William Esler - Tweet @SkySportsWill. Last Updated: 09/02/12 2:08pm
Heikki Kovalainen believes he can score his first point since 2009 and Caterham's first points in Formula One this season.
The last time the Finn scored points was back in September 2009, when he finished seventh for McLaren at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Since leaving the Woking squad, Kovalainen has spent two seasons helping Caterham establish themselves in F1 and believes that with KERS for the first time, 2012 can be the year they break into the top 10.
"It will be very valuable," said the 30-year-old, who completed139 trouble-free laps on the second day of pre-season testing at the Circuito de Jerez on Wednesday.
"I think we are better prepared than in the other years, and the car is better prepared."
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"It's probably worth three or four tenths (of a second) on average per lap at every circuit, some maybe a bit more, some a bit less.
"But where it really counts is in the racing situations, at the starts, defending, overtaking. That's where it will be really crucial.
"Last year we were not in a position to fight for points. Whenever I got close to, say a Renault or Williams, I couldn't attack them into the overtaking area because I had no boost.
"It will definitely make a difference if I find myself in the same situation, fighting with the cars ahead of us. I will definitely be able to overtake.
"Whether we score points or not, I can't tell you yet. I hope it's for the points. That has to be the target.
"But the most important thing is to be battling with the other middle to back teams, if you like, in that group and not being a step behind."
After two days of testing Kovalainen also feels that the CT01 is the best car the team have produced during their time in F1.
He added: "I think we are better prepared than in the other years, and the car is better prepared.
"Last year we were missing some suspension parts, we had some power steering issues, but now we have a complete car here.
"We still need more grip and a more stable rear end, which we have been able to achieve at high speed. I'm able to attack more than in last year's car.
"It will now be interesting to see exactly where the pace of the car is and whether it is quick enough or not."
Kovalainen, meanwhile, has signed up with IMG who are to manage and represent his commercial interests.
The Finn said: "With the team we have assembled it will allow me to concentrate on my driving.
"It will also allow me to put more time into working with the engineers and dedicate myself completely to leading the team to win its first point in F1."