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Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014

Kobayashi seeking understeer improvements

Kamui Kobayashi says he hopes to resolve understeer problems which plagued his Caterham CT05 during second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Kobayashi sat out the first session to allow Robin Frijns some track time and the Japanese driver set the 21st quickest time when he returned to the track. "After sitting out FP1 I was keen to get back in the car, especially with the better reliability we had in the first session which will help us much more over the rest of the […]

Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014

Frijns pleased with practice outing

Robin Frijns expressed his delight after completing his first Formula 1 practice session in Bahrain. Caterham reserve driver Frijns participated in the first practice session in place of Kamui Kobayashi where he set the 21st fastest time. "It was good to get my first FP1 done, and especially good for the team that we had our first problem free first practice session of the season so far," he said. "35 laps is exactly what we’d targeted and we completed a program that was all about […]

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014

Small fire affects Caterham factory

Seven members of Caterham's Formula 1 team were taken to hospital after a small fire broke out in the pattern machine shop late on Wednesday evening at the team's factory in Leafield. Staff were taken to nearby hospitals after the fire broke out but six have since been released. 'The source of the fire was quickly identified and was put out, but quite a lot of smoke was generated,' read a Caterham statement. 'Seven members of staff who came into contact with the smoke whilst […]

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Kobayashi aiming for reliable performance in Bahrain

Kamui Kobayashi says he is hoping for a reliable outing at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix. Kobayashi endured a difficult time in Australia due to a lack of running in practice before a first corner collision. Last weekend in Malaysia, the Japanese racer again had minimal running in practice but went on to finish the race in 13th place. Kobayashi reckons Caterham can continue their upwards momentum this weekend in Bahrain. "We now have something to build on, both in terms of performance and from […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ericsson: Bahrain should suit Caterham

Marcus Ericsson reckons that the characteristics of the Bahrain circuit should suit Caterham more than the Sepang circuit which hosted last weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix. Ericsson secured his first Formula 1 finish in Malaysia courtesy of 14th place and the Swede reckons the team can enjoy a competitive outing this weekend in Bahrain, so long as they avoid the reliability issues which have so far affected the CT05. "I left Malaysia feeling pleased that I’d finished my first full race, and excited about what we […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Frijns to test for Caterham in Bahrain

Robin Frijns will participate in the first practice session for Caterham at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix. It will be his first outing during a Grand Prix weekend, where he will drive Kamui Kobayashi's car. Frijns joined the team at the start of the year and has already sampled the Caterham CT05 during pre-season testing in Spain and Bahrain. "I’m excited about being back in the car for my first FP1 of the 2014 season with Caterham, especially as I already have experience of the […]

Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kobayashi sure Caterham can fight teams ahead

Kamui Kobayashi reckons Caterham can compete with a couple of teams ahead of them after he finished in 13th place in the Malaysian Grand Prix. While Kobayashi only beat team-mate Marcus Ericsson and Marussia's Max Chilton, the Japanese racer battled during the race with several rival teams, including Sauber and Lotus. "13th in our second race of the season is a very good result for the team, especially after such a bad weekend until the race! I had a great start, and no brake problems […]

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014

Kobayashi:

Kamui Kobayashi has joked that he just wants the chance to race properly after he was knocked out during Q1 for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Kobayashi set the 20th fastest time during a wet qualifying session after the Japanese driver encountered more car problems during the final practice session. "Even with limited running we were still able to make a bit of progress, and with the data generated from my teammate’s car we were able to set the car up for qualifying, but obviously this […]

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ericsson: Crashes part of rookie life

Marcus Ericsson has apologised to his Caterham team but accepts that crashes are part of being a rookie after he lost control of his CT05 during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Ericsson dipped a wheel on the white line exiting turn three in wet conditions and collided with the barrier, damaging his car and causing Q1 to be red flagged. "That was my first ever wet running in Formula 1, in any session, so from the first lap it was all a new experience […]

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014

Kobayashi frustrated by lack of running

Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi expressed his frustration after a lack of running during practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Kobayashi's running in the first practice session was truncated due to battery issues and Caterham discovered an oil leak which forced him out of the second session. "FP1 started okay," he said. "We did the normal installation lap and then another three laps of the baseline run but then the power started cutting in and out and we had to box to take a look at the […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Renault confident most issues are fixed

Renault believes that the majority of problems that affected its customer teams at the Australian Grand Prix have been fixed. Renault suffered a difficult time in Australia as Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel retired due to a power problem, while both Lotus and Caterham drivers retired due to mechanical issues. But head of track operations Remi Taffin insists that Renault has made progress ahead of this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, although he remains wary that Sepang presents a challenge to the power units. "After a difficult […]

Posted on Saturday, March 22, 2014

Working in F1: The role of a Press Officer

Being a Press Officer for a Formula 1 team might be a dream job for any motorsport enthusiast but even the most passionate one would have some second thoughts, considering the responsibility and the titanic work involved. Yes, it does mean you are right where things happen and receive information first hand. But it also means you have to keep contact with thousands of people, answer a ton of emails, deal with hundreds of happy or unhappy journalists and spend more time in a hotel […]