EQ8 Caterham Racing drivers Tom Dillmann and Rio Haryanto qualified 14th and 19th respectively for tomorrows Spa GP2 Feature race.
"From the first lap in free practice we were lacking some grip. This is what happened in Hockenheim and Budapest, but when we put the soft tyre on the car at those events it really came alive and we were competitive. Today that feeling did not change when we went to the medium tyre in qualifying and I lacked overall grip. 14th is not a great qualifying result but in GP2 it is all about the race and anything can happen, I will stay positive and now work with my engineer to see if we can make some improvements to our dry weather setup. At this track the race setup and qualifying setup are much the same."
Despite torrential rain at the start of the GP2 Feature Race, Tom was able to make up places on the opening lap but as the track became un-driveable the race was halted for 15 minutes until the rain subsided.
Tom drove well, bringing the car home in 12th place with a good chance of scoring points in Sunday's Sprint Race.
"My start was difficult as the left side of the track had more standing water than the right side, but I had good pace and was able to move back through the field up to tenth before the red flag. After the re-start I found I had very little grip and the race became quite painful. The pace was not good which could be because the tyre pressures were hard to gauge with the change in weather, but we will have to see. It is a real shame as I think there was room to be in the points after the first few laps were so good and I made no mistakes, but we could not capitalise.
I am just outside the points today and tomorrow the conditions may be totally different so we will see what we can do in the Sprint Race."
Race 2 :
Tom improved on his 12th place starting position, taking the flag in ninth and remaining in close contention with the leaders.
"I was really unlucky as my grid slot seemed to be one of the only ones that was shaded and still wet, but my start was pretty good and I kept the same position off the line. The first three or four laps were going ok and I managed to move up to ninth. I started to struggle with grip pretty early on and had to maintain the same pace throughout the race, which was not enough to catch the leaders. I did the best that I could today and think I drove well, but the pace was missing in the dry today like it has been in the last few races.
Of course I would like to drive for the team again and do more work towards the setup, but this is always difficult in GP2 as there is no in-season testing and I will have to see if I am able to return to the team after Monza."