Kobayashi frustrated by lack of running

By on Friday, March 28, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi expressed his frustration after a lack of running during practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Kobayashi's running in the first practice session was truncated due to battery issues and Caterham discovered an oil leak which forced him out of the second session.

"FP1 started okay," he said. "We did the normal installation lap and then another three laps of the baseline run but then the power started cutting in and out and we had to box to take a look at the problem. It was pretty quickly identified as an energy store issue which meant we had to change the battery and that was the end of FP1 for me.

"Unfortunately we also found an oil leak when we took the floor off the car and that meant I wasn’t able to run at all in FP2 as it would have taken too long to fix both issues."

While Kobayashi was disappointed by the problems, he remained encouraged by Marcus Ericsson completing a fairly trouble free day in the sister CT05.

"This isn’t good, obviously, and I’m not happy that we’ve lost another Friday, but it is important to say that I know how hard everyone is working, in our team and at Renault, to try and fix these problems so we can have a proper race weekend," he added.

"The fact Marcus was able to run the most laps of anyone in FP1 shows that we can be reliable – we just need to make sure both cars run like that for the rest of the weekend or we’ll have another difficult race ahead."

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