Kobayashi: Caterham must play to its strengths

By on Friday, April 11, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Kamui Kobayashi has urged his Caterham team to play to its strengths as he searches for a good result at next weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

Kobayashi was in the mix towards the tail end of the midfield in Bahrain but had to save fuel during the final stint of the race and came home in 15th place. That result, combined with 13th for Max Chilton, meant that Caterham conceded 10th position in the constructors' championship to Marussia.

Kobayashi is hopeful that Caterham and engine supplier Renault can maximise their advantage at next weekend's race.

"We saw in Malaysia that we have good straightline speed so we’ll have to make sure that works in our favour, and with Renault we’ll be working on energy management so we can maximise the advantage we have in those parts of the track," he said.

"It’s also a circuit where windspeed and direction can have a big influence on how the car handles, so that’ll be another area for us to focus on in the three practice sessions."

The Japanese driver says that a few upgrades should aid Caterham's progress with the CT05 in China but he insists that the team must play to its strengths.

"We obviously want to head back to Europe in a good position so everyone’s working flat out to help us do that," he said.

"We have a couple of new parts coming in China before the bigger package everyone brings to Spain, but we also have to make sure we play to our strengths – we have a small advantage in pure pace over our direct rivals which put us in a strong position for most of the Bahrain race, right up until the final stint which ended with a disappointing result.

"We have to use that performance on Sunday to help us get back to where we want to be, and to build on that at every race."

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