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Caterham against Marussia: & # 34; Schumi saved us & # 34;

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Caterham versus Marussia
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I n this fight at the end of the field is about a lot of money. Marussia can win $ 10 million, Caterham can lose $ 20 million and the transportation grant. That would be another $ 2.5 million. At the moment Marussia holds the saving tenth place. Thanks to Timo Glock, who finished twelfth in Singapore. If Caterham manages to equalize the result, the team will slide back into the top ten.

Heikki Kovalainen knows that under normal circumstances he can never finish twelfth. 'For that we need rain or a crazy race.' The crazy race in Abu Dhabi came like it was made to order. Seven drivers were canceled. Sergio Perez was sentenced to a stop-and-go penalty. Kovalainen advanced to the all-important 12th place in laps 14 to 18 and lap 42. Although KERS had failed again.

Glock without a chance against Kovalainen

Timo Glock was one position behind. With no prospect of attacking the Caterham pilot. 'The hard tires did not get up to temperature properly. I had to tear them off.' In addition, the front wing was crooked. 'On the first lap I met my team-mate. I attacked Charles out of the slipstream, was already over, but he didn't want to give in.'

The damage gave Glock a strenuous race. 'The left front wing end plate broke. In the first stint it cost us aerodynamics. The car understeered terribly. So it was really hard to keep Petrov behind me. During the pit stop we made the flap steeper and it got better.' /p>

In the 42nd lap, at the end of the second safety car phase, Glock got nervous: 'I saw that Heikki is already twelfth. Man, it will be really tight again, I thought to myself. ' Sergio Perez passed the Caterham on the following lap, but it was clear that the Mexican still had to serve a penalty. With that, Kovalainen was still in twelfth place in the virtual world.

Schumi comes to the aid of the Glock team

Glock and Marussia needed the help of others. 'I let Michael Schumacher pass immediately and hoped that he would put the Caterham down. When he passed Heikki, we could breathe a sigh of relief. Michael saved us.' Team boss John Booth admitted: 'We chewed nails on the pit wall.'

Marussia earned tenth place in the constructors' cup. The team continues to make progress atthe pit stops. Glock only spent 19.884 seconds in the pit lane when changing tires. This put the Marussia troop on the same level as Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes, and was even faster than Lotus with winner Kimi Raikkonen. Hats off! It took Caterham 23.032 seconds for Kovalainen.

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