Kobayashi hoping to show Caterham progress

By on Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Kamui Kobayashi is hopeful that he can show the progress Caterham has made as the season reaches its halfway point in Germany this weekend.

Caterham was bought by a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors prior to the British Grand Prix, a race which Kobayashi feels did not reflect accurately on the squad's progress after a series of issues across the weekend.

The Japanese driver was hit by an ERS problem during qualifying and damaged his car on the opening lap of the race when he went off to avoid Kimi Raikkonen's stricken Ferrari.

"For us this will be another race where we aim to fight back against our nearest rivals," he said.

"We did not see the full performance of the cars in Silverstone for various reasons, particularly for me as I had issues with the car on both Friday and Saturday.

"Then on Sunday I lost a chunk of downforce when I had to go off-track to avoid the shunt on lap one – that cost me so much lap time. So, I did not have a proper drive throughout the whole weekend! But I’m determined to make sure that all the problems are now gone and I’m ready to fight back in Germany and Hungary."

Team-mate Marcus Ericsson is sure that Caterham can put into practice what they learned during the post-race test at Silverstone.

"Inside the car I think we know it’s going to be another challenging weekend for us in terms of the pure pace, but the team learnt a lot from the two day test we did in Silverstone after the British GP and we’ll be looking to put that into practice on track," he said.

"The key thing for me is to make sure we have maximum mileage all weekend, especially on Sunday when we need to be there at the end of the race. We’ve seen this year that the races are very unpredictable and for us that can create opportunities, but if we’re not on track when the chequered flag falls we can’t take advantage of whatever’s happening around us, so that’s the main goal."

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