Kobayashi aiming for reliable performance in Bahrain

By on Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Kamui Kobayashi says he is hoping for a reliable outing at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Kobayashi endured a difficult time in Australia due to a lack of running in practice before a first corner collision. Last weekend in Malaysia, the Japanese racer again had minimal running in practice but went on to finish the race in 13th place.

Kobayashi reckons Caterham can continue their upwards momentum this weekend in Bahrain.

"We now have something to build on, both in terms of performance and from where we are now, in tenth place in the championship and with targets ahead that we know we can race with," he said.

"Reliability really is the main focus for Bahrain. We need to have three good practice sessions so we can go into qualifying and the race with an optimised setup giving us the chance to really find out what the real performance level of this car is.

"On my last day of the test in Bahrain we weren’t able to do the final performance run because of a clutch issue, and we really haven’t had a chance since then to run the car in full qualifying specification with optimised setups because of the reliability problems we’ve had, and the wet qualifying sessions we had in both Australia and Malaysia. Yes, we performed well in Malaysia for much of the race, but that was with a car that had almost no meaningful setup work done on it and with more still to come from the power unit.

"It’s vital we have a full weekend so we can pick up where we left off in Sepang and continue to improve across all areas of the car’s performance."

Kobayashi added that the first real 2014 development parts will be arriving for the upcoming race.

"Our ability to develop is what will be crucial this year," he said. "Our development program is starting in Bahrain with the first new parts coming from the work we’ve been doing in the TMG [Toyota] wind tunnel and it’ll be good to see how they perform."

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