If you want to make an impression, the best place is to do it at home. In your own back yard, in front of your supporters. You’d think Caterham might have done that in Silverstone. But unfortunately they didn’t.
It was always going to be tough with the 10 place grid penalty hanging over the head of Geido Van Der Garde. He valiantly put in an effort that got him 21st on the grid before it was slapped on him, which isn’t last, but with it in place it put him technically 31st, of the grid was that big.
To be honest, he might have well have started in Birmingham. He poodled round and finished 2nd last, only ahead of a lapped Romain Grosjean.
Charles Pic faired a bit better. He put his Caterham ahead of both Marussias and was closer to the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez on Saturday, and pretty much repeated the effort on Sunday. That’s exactly where they expect to be, even with Renault engines, Red Bull gearboxes and an updated car.
We’d thought they’d be higher though, don’t you?