Kobayashi targets closer gap to midfield

By on Saturday, April 5, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Kamui Kobayashi has targeted closing the gap to Caterham's rivals across the coming races.

Kobayashi set the 19th fastest time during qualifying in Bahrain but believes that Caterham can close the gap to the likes of Lotus and Sauber in the near future.

"FP3 was a much better session than we’d had yesterday," he said. "The guys had worked until just before curfew to get the cars ready and they did really well to prepare for Saturday. The car was performing pretty well in FP3, a little oversteer, but that was to be expected with the track temperatures in the afternoon, but we didn’t want to make any changes as it was obviously going to be cooler in the evening.

"In qualifying my first run was good – one flying lap on the options that I didn’t think I could improve on so I boxed and we waited until there were about three minutes left and then went out for one more flying lap.

"I definitely got everything I could out of the car on that run and finished about four-tenths from Q2, a realistic view of where we are now with performance.

"That’s the first time this season we’ve really had a chance to extract maximum performance from the car, after a good Friday and Saturday, so it’s clear what we need to do to improve.

"We saw last week in Malaysia we have good race pace, but we need to bridge that gap to be able to fight in qualifying with teams like Lotus and Sauber, and that’s the target. For tomorrow I think we’re in a much better position than we were in the first two races, particularly with the work we did yesterday, so if we can continue this better reliability the race could be a good one for us."


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