Kobayashi: Renault far behind engine rivals

Kobayashi: Renault far behind engine rivals

21 February 2014 – Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi has conceded that Renault has a long way to go if it is to compete with engine rivals Mercedes and Ferrari, as the French manufacturer's pre-season testing gremlins continue.

Although the Japanese racked up 66 laps and finished as the fastest Renault-powered driver on the second day of this week's Bahrain gathering, he says his team has been unable to focus on its 2014 machine as a result of the early software and hardware issues with the brand's new turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 power unit.

"This is what we have in our hands right now so we have to help them to be able to fight with the other engine manufacturers," Kobayashi told reporters. "At the moment, we are definitely too weak pace-wise, so we give the maximum chance to them and thereafter we have to work on our car. So we are waiting for the engine system."

Kobayashi, who has made his return to the top echelon after a season in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) with Ferrari, also argued that the powerplant is much slower than its counterparts in a straight line.

"During testing, we meet some other cars and clearly we can see that the Mercedes-powered cars are much quicker on the straights, around 20-30km/h more. It would mean different braking points, everything, if we had proper power. We will see what we can do in a short time. At the moment, we are definitely quite late."

Kobayashi added that slow corners are also causing a huge problem, due to the engine's power output.

"We had many problems on the engine side," he explained. "This [the engine] is what we are waiting for because we have too aggressive power delivery, which is very difficult to handle under acceleration out of the corner.

"So at the moment, slow corners are very difficult because we don't know how much grip we can get."

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Wednesday 17 December 2014

  2. 15:48

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  3. Ferrari tyre chief to leave at end of year 15:45

    Ferrari tyre chief to leave at end of year

    Ferrari tyre performance chief Hirohide Hamashima will leave the team at the end of the year, as the Scuderia continues to...

    F1
  4. Video: Carlos Sainz's title-winning season 13:49

    Video: Carlos Sainz's title-winning season

    Relive Carlos Sainz Jr.'s journey to the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 title. Next year, the Spaniard graduates to Formula 1 with...

    FR 3.5
  5. Watson takes on expanded Toro Rosso role 12:07

    Watson takes on expanded Toro Rosso role

    Newly-appointed Toro Rosso Team Manager Graham Watson will take on an expanded role following Sporting Director Steve...

    F1
  6. Wolff: Spa clash allowed Mercedes to clear air 09:56

    Wolff: Spa clash allowed Mercedes to clear air

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the clash between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix allowed him to...

    F1
  7. Video of the Day: Hamilton on his 'greatest year' 05:17

    Video of the Day: Hamilton on his 'greatest year'

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton reflects on "the greatest year of my life" after winning the 2014 Formula 1 world title and...

    F1
  8. Tuesday 16 December 2014

  9. Fry, Tombazis to leave Ferrari in reshuffle 18:48

    Fry, Tombazis to leave Ferrari in reshuffle

    Ferrari has announced that Pat Fry and Nikolas Tombazis are to leave the outfit as part of a major reshuffle under new team...

    F1
  10. Stolen Red Bull trophies recovered from lake 15:57

    Stolen Red Bull trophies recovered from lake

    A number of trophies stolen in a burglary at Red Bull's Formula 1 headquarters earlier this month have been recovered from a...

    F1
  11. Ferrari secures backing from América Móvil 15:37

    Ferrari secures backing from América Móvil

    Ferrari has secured a new sponsor in the form of Mexican telecommunications giant América Móvil. The company's arrival f...

    F1
  12. Di Montezemolo: Vettel the right choice for Ferrari 13:12

    Di Montezemolo: Vettel the right choice for Ferrari

    Former Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo says the team made "the right choice" by signing Sebastian Vettel as Fernando...

    F1
  13. Vergne 'very happy' with Formula E debut 12:36

    Vergne 'very happy' with Formula E debut

    Jean-Éric Vergne says he was "very happy" with his debut weekend in Formula E, despite losing a potential victory on the...

    FE
  14. Marussia F1 assets to be auctioned 09:31

    Marussia F1 assets to be auctioned

    The collapsed Marussia Formula 1 team's various assets will begin to be auctioned off by administrators on Tuesday, the...

    F1
  15. Video of the Day: Red Bull's 2014 season review 05:04

    Video of the Day: Red Bull's 2014 season review

    Red Bull Racing takes a look back at its 2014 Formula 1 campaign in the form of a Parallax video.

    F1
  16. Monday 15 December 2014

  17. Gutiérrez named Ferrari reserve driver 14:55

    Gutiérrez named Ferrari reserve driver

    Ferrari has signed Esteban Gutiérrez as its test and reserve driver for the 2015 campaign. Gutiérrez makes the switch a...

    F1
  18. Alguersuari says Formula 1 is 'a big GP2' 14:53

    Alguersuari says Formula 1 is 'a big GP2'

    Ex-Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari says Formula 1 is now less of a challenge for rookies, describing the top echelon as...

    F1
  19. Frijns officially parts ways with Caterham 11:47

    Frijns officially parts ways with Caterham

    Robin Frijns has officially split from the Caterham Formula 1 team, with his contract expiring on Monday. The Dutchman...

    F1
  20. Video: Race Of Champions highlights 11:02

    Video: Race Of Champions highlights

    Enjoy highlights of the 2014 Race Of Champions, won by ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard.

    Misc
  21. Nielsen joins Williams as Sporting Manager 09:11

    Nielsen joins Williams as Sporting Manager

    Williams has appointed Steve Nielsen to a new role of Sporting Manager with immediate effect. Nielsen's switch comes just...

    F1
  22. Button insists multi-year McLaren deal necessary 08:57

    Button insists multi-year McLaren deal necessary

    Jenson Button says that a multi-year deal with McLaren was necessary due to the nature of the squad's new project with...

    F1
  23. Video of the Day: McLaren unveils 2015 line-up 05:02

    Video of the Day: McLaren unveils 2015 line-up

    Go behind-the-scenes at McLaren's Technology Centre in Woking during last week's announcement of its 2015 driver line-up.

    F1
  24. Sunday 14 December 2014

  25. Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year 22:28

    Hamilton wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year

    World Champion Lewis Hamilton has added to his post-season accolades by winning the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of...

    F1
  26. 19:20

    Latest Photos: Race Of Champions 2014

    Misc
  27. Coulthard storms to Race Of Champions crown 19:18

    Coulthard storms to Race Of Champions crown

    Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard became the Champion Of Champions as he beat Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein...

    Misc
  28. Lorenzo takes class win in Abu Dhabi 15:46

    Lorenzo takes class win in Abu Dhabi

    Two-time MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo took a victory in the Gentlemen class at the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi,...

    Misc
  29. Fisichella completes F1 demo in Bologna 15:30

    Fisichella completes F1 demo in Bologna

    Former Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella has demonstrated one of the squad's machines at the Bologna Motor Show in...

    F1
  30. Video: Punta del Este ePrix highlights 13:05

    Video: Punta del Este ePrix highlights

    Watch highlights from the third round of the Formula E Championship at Punta del Este in Uruguay.

    FE
  31. Marchionne says Ferrari must not fear change 12:33

    Marchionne says Ferrari must not fear change

    Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne says his squad must not fear change as it tries to recover from a dismal 2014 campaign,...

    F1
  32. Video: López rolls in Race Of Champions 09:18

    Video: López rolls in Race Of Champions

    José María López rolls dramatically during the Race Of Champions Nations Cup in Barbados.

    Misc
  33. Boullier encouraged by Alonso signing 09:16

    Boullier encouraged by Alonso signing

    McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier says that the signing of Fernando Alonso has to be considered as a major coup for the...

    F1
  34. Video of the Day: Australian Grand Prix launch 05:07

    Video of the Day: Australian Grand Prix launch

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo starred at the recent launch of the 2015 Australian Grand Prix.

    F1
  35. Saturday 13 December 2014

  36. Video: Race Of Champions Nations Cup 21:15

    Video: Race Of Champions Nations Cup

    Relive the annual Race of Champions Nations Cup competition, in which Tom Kristensen and Petter Solberg paired up to claim...

    Misc
  37. Team Nordic beats GB to ROC Nations Cup 19:13

    Team Nordic beats GB to ROC Nations Cup

    Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen and Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg combined to claim victory for Team Nordic in the Race...

    Misc
  38. 18:58

    Latest Formula E photos: Uruguay ePrix

    FE
  39. Buemi takes Formula E win as Vergne stars 18:57

    Buemi takes Formula E win as Vergne stars

    Sébastien Buemi claimed his first Formula E victory at the third round of the championship at Punta del Este in Uruguay as...

    FE
  40. McLaren adamant Magnussen will return 13:21

    McLaren adamant Magnussen will return

    McLaren boss Ron Dennis insists that Kevin Magnussen has a future in Formula 1, despite the team pressing the 'pause' button...

    F1
  41. Tost: Difficult decision to drop Vergne 09:33

    Tost: Difficult decision to drop Vergne

    Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost says that dropping Jean-Éric Vergne for 2015 in favour of Carlos Sainz Jr. was a...

    F1
  42. McLaren's 2015 car passes crash tests 06:09

    McLaren's 2015 car passes crash tests

    McLaren has confirmed that its 2015 car has passed all of the mandatory FIA crash tests, over six weeks before the first...

    F1
  43. Video of the Day: Neymar co-drives Ogier 05:16

    Video of the Day: Neymar co-drives Ogier

    Watch as Brazilian football star Neymar attempts to co-drive with World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier.

    Misc
  44. Friday 12 December 2014

  45. Verstappen chooses 33 as car number 17:00

    Verstappen chooses 33 as car number

    Max Verstappen has confirmed that he will use #33 as his race number in Formula 1. Verstappen, 17, will become the...

    F1
  46. Technical: The story behind the W05's success 16:35

    Technical: The story behind the W05's success

    The 2014 season saw Mercedes clinch both world titles with its F1 W05 Hybrid. But how did the team move into such a dominant...

    F1
more news