Mechanical problems plague Caterham

By on Friday, June 20, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Both Caterham drivers had their build-up to the Austrian Grand Prix hampered by issues during Friday practice at the Red Bull Ring.

Kamui Kobayashi sat out the final section of the second session while Marcus Ericsson's CT05 stopped early on in the first session, although he was able to return to the track for the second 90 minute period.

"We started the long run on supersofts and I was up to lap 10 of that first stint when I started feeling the car pull right under braking," said Kobayashi.

"It didn’t feel right so we boxed so the guys could take a look to see if there were any problems – there wasn’t anything obvious, and the data didn’t point to anything specific but we decided to end the session with about 15 minutes left so we could have proper inspection and avoid any issues on track."

Ericsson ended the day at the bottom of the timesheets, four seconds off of Lewis Hamilton's time.

"FP1 obviously ended a lot earlier than we’d planned with an electrical system issue on lap nine," he said. "I came out of turn one and the car switched itself off, there was nothing I could do. When we got it back to the garage we found out the problem was related to the ERS-H control unit so that was fixed over lunch and we had the car ready again well before FP2."

"My first run on that set was okay but I still had the same traction issues as we’d started with, and oversteer in the low and medium speed corners.

"Overall it was an ok afternoon, definitely better than the morning, but we have a lot to do tonight to sort out the oversteer and find more grip, but we’ve been pretty good at finding improvements from Friday to Saturday this year so the aim is to do so again here."

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