Kobayashi: We achieved maximum

By on Saturday, April 19, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Kamui Kobayashi says he achieved the maximum during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix

Kobayashi was 18th quickest in the first knockout segment in wet conditions in Shanghai.

"It was raining before the start of qualifying but the track conditions were right on the edge of choosing between intermediates and full wets so we went for the intermediates as that could have given us the best chance of springing a surprise in Q1," he said.

"It was certainly pretty tricky on inters but the times were just about there with the wets on the first run so we stuck with them for the second run and went out to run to the flag.

"For the second stint the conditions were improving slightly, but still not enough for us to have a clear advantage on the intermediates, so ending up ahead of Bianchi in 18th and only three tenths from [Esteban] Gutierrez is probably about as good as we could have done today."

Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson was over a second further back in 20th but was pleased to beat Marussia's Max Chilton.

"We went for the same strategy as Kamui and the car was a real handful on the first stint ā€“ I had front and rear locking in the braking zones and that was costing me a lot of time, plus I had some traffic issues on the first stint that also cost me time, but overall Iā€™m happy I kept it on the track and finished ahead of Chilton," he said.


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