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Gascoyne enjoys 'best first test'

ESPNF1 Staff
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Heikki Kovalainen, Giedo van der Garde and Jarno Trulli shared the workload at Jerez © Sutton Images

Caterham chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne said that the four days at Jerez has "probably been the best first test" of his career.

Caterham launched its car at the end of January and was the only one of the newer teams to run its 2012 challenger at Jerez. After another productive day on Friday when Jarno Trulli completed 117 laps Gascoyne paid tribute to the team for getting through its overall schedule.

"I think we can be very pleased with how the first test has gone," Gascoyne said. "Apart from an issue on day one with the starter the car ran absolutely faultlessly throughout the whole test which is a real tribute to the work put in by the whole team. We completed the whole test program, working with KERS for the first time and for me this has probably been the best first test I have ever been involved in throughout my career."

With Trulli two seconds adrift of the next quickest car on the final day, Gascoyne added that the team had not looked to extract any of the potential from the car yet.

"We have been running the car rather conservatively in Jerez but for the next test we will be bringing aero updates and looking to run the final race one specification at the third test. Overall we are in a much better position going into the season than we have ever been before, so that is the first goal achieved."