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Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014

Caterham duo target improved practice sessions

Caterham duo Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson say that the team must have a better build-up to the race if they are to improve at next weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix. Neither driver managed significant running across the two practice sessions in Australia and Kobayashi reckons a proper Friday programme will allow Caterham to show their true pace. "I’ve obviously raced there a few times before, and finished in the points in 2011, and this year it would be great if we were able to fight […]

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014

Improvements must be made - Renault

Renault says that improvements must be made to their power units if they are to achieve good results in 2014. Renault endured a difficult pre-season campaign but matters improved in Australia. Nonetheless, head of track operations Remi Taffin acknowledges that Renault must allow their four customer teams to prove their worth at the Malaysian Grand Prix. "There are definitely mixed feelings," he said. "Having cars retire is not acceptable and shows we need to improve our reliability across the board. This race was always going […]

Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Stewards clear Kobayashi over first lap crash

Kamui Kobayashi has been cleared by the race stewards of wrongdoing after the Japanese driver hit Felipe Massa at the first turn in the Australian Grand Prix. Kobayashi hit the back of Massa's Williams but a brake problem meant that the driver was a passenger in a collision which forced both drivers out of the race. 'A serious technical failure completely outside the control of the driver', caused the accident, according to the stewards. "That isn’t how I wanted my first race back to go, […]

Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Massa criticises Kobayashi after crash

Felipe Massa has criticised Kamui Kobayashi after the pair crashed at the start of the Australian Grand Prix. Kobayashi locked up his brakes into the first corner and struck Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari and Massa's Williams, causing terminal damage to the FW36. Kobayashi apologised for the incident and claimed that he had no rear brakes, but Massa compared his actions to Romain Grosjean's error at the start of the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix, for which the French racer was banned. "Somebody hit me massively, and it […]

Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014

Kobayashi pleased to reward Caterham

Kamui Kobayashi says he could 'see just what it meant' to the whole team when he progressed through to Q2 during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix. Formula 1 returnee Kobayashi had minimal running prior to qualifying but set the 15th fastest time and will start one position higher after a penalty for Valtteri Bottas. "That’s a good way to come back, not only for me in my first qualifying session of the year, but also for the whole team after such a difficult day […]

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014

Caterham duo confident of improvement

Caterham duo Marcus Ericsson and Kamui Kobyashi remain confident despite a dismal start to proceedings in Australia. Technical issues with the CT05 restricted both drivers to just a lap in the first session and they did not run in the second session. "That was a more difficult start to my first full Grand Prix weekend than I'd have liked, but hopefully that means we've got all the problems out of the way on day one," said Ericsson. "This morning it was an electrical issue with […]

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014

Formula 1 2014 Season Preview: Part One

Has there ever been such anticipation ahead of a new Formula 1 season? New regulations, a new sound, the potential for high unreliability and quite simply, a step into the unknown. No one can be sure how the racing will pan out and the strategists on the pit wall and back at team bases will have to react to ever-changing scenarios. In our season preview we analyse all 11 teams, in reverse championship order from last year, and try and predict what their fortunes could […]

Posted on Saturday, March 8, 2014

Kobayashi sure Caterham can enjoy good season

Kamui Kobayashi says there is no reason why Caterham cannot enjoy a good season in Formula 1 this year. Kobayashi will race for the Leafield based team in 2014 after spending a year outside of Formula 1. Caterham has not scored a point in its Formula 1 history but the Japanese believes the team has a good foundation on which they can build. "We start the season in Melbourne and I’m excited about getting back to racing F1 cars again! The last time I raced […]

Posted on Friday, March 7, 2014

Ericsson: We're as ready as we can be

Marcus Ericsson says he and Caterham are as prepared as possible ahead of next weekend's Australian Grand Prix. Ericsson will make his Formula 1 debut in Australia next weekend while Caterham is still searching for its first point in the sport. "I cannot wait for it all to start in Australia. It will be my first ever Formula 1 race weekend as a race driver and I’m so excited about my debut season in F1 starting," he said. "I’ve been working for this chance since […]

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014

Renault expecting 'anxious' Melbourne weekend

Renault's deputy managing director (technical) Rob White says that the French company is anticipating an 'anxious' opening round to the 2014 season. Renault's four customer teams - Red Bull, Lotus, Toro Rosso and Caterham - have endured a difficult time during pre-season testing and did not once top the time sheets at the end of the day. All four teams also encountered several reliability issues with the Renault power unit, and did not complete as much running as rivals Mercedes and Ferrari. "The aim of […]

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kobayashi: We should bring a GP2 car

Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi has expressed his concern over the pace of the CT05 following the second pre-season test in Bahrain. Kobayashi's best time of the week was over six second slower than the pace set by Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg. The Japanese driver, who is returning to Formula 1 this season, hinted that Caterham would be better off bringing their GP2 car to the first round of the season. "We are not at race pace," he told Crash.net. "In race condition at the moment […]

Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014

Ericsson finally earns superlicence

Caterham driver finally completed sufficient running to earn his Formula 1 Superlicence. Drivers must possess a Superlicence in order to compete in the sport. Ericsson conducted 98 laps on the third day of the second test in Bahrain, which gave the Swede the requisite amount of mileage to earn the crucial document. "I’m pleased with how my first day on track in Bahrain went," said Ericsson. "98 laps is obviously very good news in terms of reliability, and it also means I’ve passed the 300kms […]