Charles Pic is looking forward to working alongside Heikki Kovalainen at Caterham

Finn will drive during first practice in Bahrain and Spain

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 18/04/13 1:47pm

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Charles Pic says he welcomes the chance to work alongside Heikki Kovalainen, rather than feeling threatened by the Finn's return to Caterham.

With the team struggling for pace in 2013 and having fallen behind Marussia in the first three races, the Malaysian outfit have opted to bring in the experienced Finn to help give feedback on the troublesome CT-03.

Whilst some observers have interpreted the decision as evidence that the team doubt the abilities of Pic and team-mate Giedo van der Garde, the Frenchman is concentrating on the positives of working alongside Kovalainen.

"Yes, of course I welcome him," Pic said in the Drivers' Press Conference.

"I think it is always good get advice from him - he has a lot of experience and I am sure he can give some interesting feedback.

"I think on the first three races we were not happy with where we were. The first updates are coming for this race, so it will be quite interesting to see how the car reacts and then we need to progress."

However, Pic admitted he was yet to speak to the Finn since his return to Caterham was confirmed.

"I didn't speak to him," he added. "What will be interesting is when he drives the car. He has a lot of experience, so he will be able to bring that experience. He knows the team well and it is a good opportunity to take."

Caterham will introduce their first upgrade package of the season in Bahrain this weekend, but Pic remained cautious about predicting a major step forward.

"It is always tough to say what an upgrade will do before you run them, but they should bring something and our job will be to optimise the car for the weekend and compete on Saturday and Sunday."

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