Kobayashi: No point risking damage

By on Thursday, May 22, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Kamui Kobayashi says there was no reason for Caterham to run during the first part of second practice and risk damaging the CT05.

Kobayashi was one of several drivers to remain in the garage due to heavy rain falling during the lunch break in Monte Carlo.

The Japanese driver eventually emerged out onto the circuit for the final 10 minutes of the session, once it was possible for option tyres to be used.

"Like a few of the other teams we waited to start our FP2 run plan until there was a clear dry line which meant we had to shorten the programme a lot, but it was safer to do that than go out on Intermediates and risk damaging the car," he said.

"That’s not ideal, obviously, but with about five minutes left of the session we went out on a set of supersofts and had enough time for a couple of timed laps which gives us some data on that compound that will be useful for Saturday and Sunday."

Kobayashi eventually ended the session in 17th position.

"Even with FP2 compromised like that it’s still been quite a positive day," he said.

"We’ve brought a lot of what we learnt at the test in Spain here and I’m sure that we’ll be able to put that into action on Saturday."

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