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Charles Pic not regretting Caterham move

Mar 30, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

Caterham Formula One driver Charles Pic of France looks in his cockpit during the the first practice session of the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit outside Kuala Lumpur Reuters

Caterham’s Charles Pic is continuing to stay positive about his move to the team from Marussia despite a relative lack of pace in the first two races of the Formula One season.

“I don’t see things like that,” the Frenchman told Autosport. “I had a great year with Marussia [last year], but now I am very happy to be with Caterham for this year and the future. It’s not frustrating at all.

“There are some areas where we need to progress and that’s it. It’s our job to fix issues and make steps forward.”

Pic has been able to improve upon his starting positions with his finishes at both Australia and Malaysia; he qualified 22nd and finished 16th Down Under and then qualified 20th and finished 14th at Sepang. His Caterham teammate, Giedo van der Garde, has also finished higher than his starts in both races as well.

But Marussia’s impressive rookie, Jules Bianchi, has managed to out-qualify and then beat both Caterham drivers (as well as his own teammate, England’s Max Chilton) in those events. Bianchi finished 15th in Australia (qualified 19th)  and 13th in Malaysia (qualified 19th).

Pic believes that upcoming upgrades will help him and van der Garde make performance gains.

“We have to wait a few races [for updates], but I have trust in the team so I’m sure we can have a good step forward,” Pic told Autosport.

  1. apexassassin - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    I heard their first update isn’t coming until Barcelona! 😮 Not looking good using this so called “interim” car.

    And having Heikki there as a guest was more than a friendly visit I suspect. More like a kick in the ass. Pic hasn’t looked great but he’s looked better than Van def Garde. Caterham as a whole look like they aren’t even trying to compete, sadly.

    Really surprised GE is involved with such a lowly squad. I really hope an American team is formed soon and all of these industry leading American sponsors can choose to support the “home team”. Especially if FORD builds the engines!!! Ford is still second only to Ferrari in race wins for an engine supplier. Though Renault is coming up fast.

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