Kobayashi pleased to reward Caterham

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Kamui Kobayashi says he could 'see just what it meant' to the whole team when he progressed through to Q2 during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Formula 1 returnee Kobayashi had minimal running prior to qualifying but set the 15th fastest time and will start one position higher after a penalty for Valtteri Bottas.

"That’s a good way to come back, not only for me in my first qualifying session of the year, but also for the whole team after such a difficult day yesterday," he said.

"The guys worked very hard until just before the curfew this morning and fixed the car after all the issues we had yesterday – that meant we could do 19 laps in FP3 and give ourselves a chance of fighting in qualifying.

"Honestly though, with so few laps, I still didn’t have the car set up at all as I’d have liked and there would definitely have been a lot more to come if we’d had a normal Friday.

"In qualifying we timed it just right and my fastest lap was set just as it started to rain. It was a good lap but not really close to what we could have done with more running on Friday but going into Q2 was a good reward for how hard the team has worked, and I could see just what it meant to the whole team to go into Q2 in our first race of the year."


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