• First Barcelona Test, Day Three

KERS failure hits Caterham running

ESPN Staff
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Giedo van der Garde ended Thursday slowest of the 12 runners © Sutton Images
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Giedo van der Garde revealed his afternoon running was affected by a lack of KERS at Barcelona.

Caterham caused the only red flag of the day when van der Garde came to a halt between turns two and three late in the afternoon as a result of a fuel run out test. Up to that point he had managed to complete 93 laps but he said the final 43 laps done after lunch were compromised slightly by technical problem.

"We've had a pretty productive day and completing 93 laps meant we were able to run through the whole plan we'd set out for today," van der Garde said. "We had a technical issue in the afternoon which meant we were running without KERS for the whole session after lunch, but despite that we were still able to try a number of different set-ups that give us more to work on tomorrow and several options to work through at the next test."

Van der Garde also said he was hoping for a dry day on Friday in order to continue working on improving the rear of the CT03.

"One area we are focusing on is improving the rear stability of the car. It definitely has a sharper front end than the 2012 car but we need to take a more detailed look at that tonight and, assuming the rain stays away tomorrow, we can keep working on that on day four of this test."