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Caterham not taking tenth place for granted

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Heikki Kovalainen held off Jenson Button in Monaco and eventually finished 13th © Sutton Images
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Caterham is not taking its tenth place position in the constructors' championship for granted after Heikki Kovalainen's 13th place finish in Monaco put the team ahead of rivals Marussia and HRT.

Caterham has finished tenth in the standings for the last two years and the position is crucial for securing end-of-season prize money. Ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, Marussia was in tenth by virtue of Timo Glock's 14th place finish in Australia, but Kovalainen's result in Monte Carlo has now moved Caterham up a place despite it having no points to its name.

"Moving back into tenth place is important but there are 14 more races to come this season and we are taking nothing for granted," team boss Tony Fernandes said. "However, Heikki's 13th place and the battling performance he and the whole team put in is another sign that all the hard work we have put in over the last two and a half years is starting to pay off. Vitaly [Petrov] has not had the best luck in the last couple of races but his hunger, enthusiasm, humour and determination are all evident whenever he is with us so he has everything he needs in his locker to succeed with us long-term."

Caterham is still off the pace of the midfield cars at most circuits, but Fernandes hinted that another big step forward would come at the British Grand Prix in July.

"I am very realistic about what we have achieved so far, and I know that Monaco is a unique circuit that gave us the sort of opportunity we grabbed last Sunday, but I also know that as we continue through this season we keep making small but significant steps forward," he added. "During the Monaco race I had some very good news from the factory about a new update we have planned for Silverstone and to see that come in while we were having our best race of the season was another sign that we are doing this in the right way.

"Next it is Canada, a race the whole team looks forward to and possibly another one where we can spring a surprise. Unfortunately I will not be in Montreal but I will be watching every session and I know everyone wants to build on what we achieved at the last race."

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