Caterham’s Charles Pic is continuing to stay positive about his move to the team from Marussia despite a relative lack of pace in the first two races of the Formula One season.
“I don’t see things like that,” the Frenchman told Autosport. “I had a great year with Marussia [last year], but now I am very happy to be with Caterham for this year and the future. It’s not frustrating at all.
“There are some areas where we need to progress and that’s it. It’s our job to fix issues and make steps forward.”
Pic has been able to improve upon his starting positions with his finishes at both Australia and Malaysia; he qualified 22nd and finished 16th Down Under and then qualified 20th and finished 14th at Sepang. His Caterham teammate, Giedo van der Garde, has also finished higher than his starts in both races as well.
But Marussia’s impressive rookie, Jules Bianchi, has managed to out-qualify and then beat both Caterham drivers (as well as his own teammate, England’s Max Chilton) in those events. Bianchi finished 15th in Australia (qualified 19th) and 13th in Malaysia (qualified 19th).
Pic believes that upcoming upgrades will help him and van der Garde make performance gains.
“We have to wait a few races [for updates], but I have trust in the team so I’m sure we can have a good step forward,” Pic told Autosport.
Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy
Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.
Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.
Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.
A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.
A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.
Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.