Caterham: Kobayashi sets benchmark for us
3 March 2014 – Caterham team boss Cyril Abiteboul has hailed Kamui Kobayashi and the contribution the Japanese driver has made during pre-season testing.
Kobayashi, who has previously raced for Toyota and Sauber, returns to F1 this season after spending 2013 on the sidelines, and while he has been critical of the Leafield-based operation - and recently said the CT05 was slower than a GP2 car! - it seems the honeymoon period is not yet over.
“Kamui has shown [during testing] exactly why we are so pleased to have him with us. He sets the benchmark for us, both in terms of outright pace and in his feedback,” Abiteboul noted, “and he and [team-mate] Marcus [Ericsson] are going to be a good pairing this season.”
Meanwhile, Abiteboul also added that he has been impressed by Ericsson and tester, Robin Frijns.
“As a rookie, Marcus is on a steep learning curve but he has shown consistently that he improves with every lap and is ready for his first full F1 race weekend in Australia in two weeks,” Abiteboul continued. “Robin, who ran for one day in both the first and second tests, has already demonstrated his ability [too], both behind the wheel and as a team-mate.”