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GP Week : Issue 177a
CATERHAM “DESERVED” TENTH IN CONSTRUCTORS’ 37 GPWEEK.com // 37 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Caterham boss Cyril Abiteboul said his team “deserved” to take 10th place in the final Formula One Constructors’ standings, which it snatched from chief rival Marussia in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix. Vitaly Petrov finished in an impressive 11th at the end of a dramatic season finale on the spectacular Interlagos circuit to eclipse the 12th place achieved by Timo Glock in Singapore and snatch tenth in the overall Constructors’ table from Marussia’s grasp. Speaking after the race in Sao Paolo, Abiteboul said: “On behalf of the whole team I want to say how proud we are of the job we’ve done today. It’s been a tough year, one where we have not performed at the level we want to, but today we have very good reason to celebrate. “On balance, we deserved to regain tenth place. Our results over the whole season were better than our nearest rivals and when it mattered we were able to seize the opportunity that came our way. He added: “We can enjoy the feeling we have today, but tomorrow we will be back to work, ready to come back in 2013 and make the sort of progress a team in our position should.” Petrov was delighted to seal tenth in the championship for Caterham in an incident-packed race and, while it was announced on Friday that Charles Pic will join Caterham for the 2013 season, Sunday’s result may go some way to securing the Russian’s future with the Norfolk-based squad. “I’m so pleased for the whole team and I want to thank every single one of them for doing such a fantastic job in the conditions today,” said Petrov. “Seeing what regaining tenth place in the championship meant to everyone when I got back to the garage was really special and I think we deserve it after all the hard work we’ve put in throughout the whole year.” F1 >>> BRAZIL