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Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014

Mechanical problems plague Caterham

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 […]

Posted on Monday, June 9, 2014

Kobayashi vows Caterham will keep fighting

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 […]

Posted on Saturday, June 7, 2014

Kobayashi drops position after gearbox change

Kamui Kobayashi will drop behind Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson on the grid for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix after receiving a grid penalty for a gearbox change. Kobayashi edged out Ericsson for 20th position on a difficult day for Caterham, with the Japanese driver almost a second behind nearest rival Jules Bianchi. But Kobayashi will now start from 21st place, ahead only of Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez, who has to start from the pit lane after missing qualifying due to accident damage from an earlier crash. "We’d […]

Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014

Rossi pleased with practice outing

Alexander Rossi expressed his satisfaction after receiving his first running in Caterham's 2014 Formula 1 car. Rossi, who tested last year's CT03 on a number of occasions, completed 27 laps in the CT05 during first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix. Rossi was the slowest of the 22 runners, three-and-a-half-tenths of a second off of regular Caterham racer Marcus Ericsson. "It was alright I think," he said. "Obviously you always want to go quicker than the other car. I think that for the first foray, […]

Posted on Monday, June 2, 2014

Kobayashi: Caterham fighting harder than ever

Kamui Kobayashi insists that Caterham is fighting harder than ever despite a difficult start to their 2014 campaign. Caterham has yet to score a point in over four years of competition and lost out to perennial rivals Marussia in the previous round in Monaco, with Jules Bianchi finishing in ninth place. Marussia's result means that Caterham is now firmly rooted to the foot of the Constructors' championship ahead of this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix. "At the moment the [weather] forecasts look dry For Friday, Saturday […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fernandes insists Caterham not for sale

Caterham owner Tony Fernandes has dismissed reports that he has put Caterham Group up for sale. Fernandes, whose QPR football team was promoted to the English Premier League last weekend, had suggested at the start of 2014 that the team would be sold if results did not improve. Caterham equalled their best ever finish in Monaco when Marcus Ericsson came home in 11th, but it was tempered by long-term rivals Marussia collecting their first points with Jules Bianchi in ninth. Reports at the weekend suggested […]

Posted on Sunday, May 25, 2014

Kobayashi unhappy with Bianchi pass

Kamui Kobayashi revealed his unhappiness with Marussia's Jules Bianchi following the Monaco Grand Prix. Kobayashi had enjoyed a strong race but was passed by Bianchi into La Rascasse, with the duo making minor contact. While Bianchi went on to register Marussia's maiden Formula 1 points, Kobayashi struggled to 13th position. "Even though we finished in 13th I’m really not happy as I’m sure I’d have finished in the points if Bianchi hadn’t hit me when he forced his way past," he said. "The car was […]

Posted on Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ericsson handed pit lane start

Marcus Ericsson will start from the pit lane after he was penalised for causing a collision during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix. Ericsson was on a flying lap during the final moments of Q1 when he made an error at Mirabeau and crashed into the barriers. The accident also involved Felipe Massa, who was on the outside of the corner allowing Ericsson through. The Brazilian progressed to Q2 but could not participate due to the damage sustained to his Williams FW36. "On my final […]

Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014

Kobayashi: No point risking damage

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 […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ericsson sure of improvements after 'worst case scenario'

Marcus Ericsson is hopeful that Caterham can put on a better performance at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix after a difficult start to the 2014 season. Caterham currently props up the Constructors' championship with Ericsson having achieved a best result of 14th in Malaysia. The Swede believes that Caterham can improve in Monte Carlo after encountering their 'worst case scenario' in Spain. "It’s been quite a tough part of the year, obviously we had some issues with the car and the power unit, but I […]

Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014

Ericsson hoping for high retirement rate

Marcus Ericsson believes that this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix could provide Caterham with an opportunity to move up the championship table. The Swedish rookie - who claimed a best of 14th in Malaysia earlier this year - reckons the traditional high retirement rate at Monte Carlo could give Caterham a chance of claiming a good result. "As a rookie Monaco is obviously one of the races you’re most excited about, and I’m no different," he said. "I obviously have a lot of experience of racing […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kobayashi apologises after shunt ends day

Kamui Kobayashi apologised to his Caterham team after he crashed out of the first day of the second in-season test in Spain. Kobayashi lost control of his CT03 at turn three and damaged the right front side of the car. The Japanese driver ended the day ninth fastest having completed 72 laps. "We just had oversteer, we changed some settings but we locked up straight away and had a completely different balance," he said. "And unfortunately I hit the wall." "There is quite a lot […]