Kobayashi vows Caterham will keep fighting

By on Monday, June 9, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Kamui Kobayashi has asserted that Caterham will continue to fight, despite suffering from a troublesome time at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Kobayashi qualified almost a second behind usual rivals Marussia and retired from the race due to a suspension failure.

"My start was okay and I managed to avoid all the debris from the Marussia crash on lap one," he said.

"The tyre management under the safety car was pretty good, but then a couple of laps after it came in I felt a problem with the rear coming out of turn two and had to stop the car. When I got out I had a look and I could see it was a rear suspension problem, so that was that.

"We’ve had a pretty hard time in Canada but we’ll continue to fight. Our day will come, I’m pretty certain about that, but it wasn’t to be this weekend in Montreal, so we’ll have a look at everything we’ve learnt this weekend back at the factory and go to the next race in Austria ready to fight again."

Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson also failed to make the distance.

"As soon as the formation lap started I could feel that the Power Unit wasn’t pulling hard in any gears and that continued under the safety car," he said.

"The team tried to fix it but there wasn’t anything we could do and as soon as the safety car came in I was told to retire and that was the end of the race. When I got the car back we found out the problem was with a pipe connected to the turbo, not the Power Unit itself, and we had to retire to prevent any damage to the engine. Obviously that’s not how we wanted to end the race but we’ll regroup and keep pushing."


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