Kobayashi halted by brake failure

By on Sunday, May 11, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Kamui Kobayashi says that a brake failure forced him out of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Kobayashi was running towards the back of the field when he was unable to slow down for the first corner and had to call it a day after 34 laps.

"My start was pretty good and I was up to 18th by the end of lap one having passed [Max] Chilton, but I couldn’t keep [Pastor] Maldonado or [Jean-Eric] Vergne behind me and lost places to them by lap five so just focused on my own race," he said.

"The car felt okay but I still had the same traction issues as we’d had all weekend so it was still a bit of a handful, but the degradation levels on the first set of medium tyres that we’d started with were good so we could run a very long first stint, finally boxing on lap 23 for another set of mediums."

"The car felt better on the second set of tyres and I was able to make up some time to [Jules] Bianchi ahead, but then on lap 44 I had a pretty scary moment going into turn one when the left front brake failed and I was just able to keep the car out of the wall. That was the end of my race and the end of a difficult weekend.

Kobayashi admitted that Caterham is currently lacking performance.

"We clearly don’t have the performance we’re targeting, but changes have been made to help us sort this out and the whole team is working harder than ever to make progress, and we have two days of testing here to help us learn more about the new parts we brought to Spain, so we’ll aim to fight back in Monaco next week


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