Kobayashi: We know what the problems are
14 March 2014 – Kamui Kobayashi is confident that Caterham will be able to resolve its car problems for the second day of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, after failing to complete more than an install lap during Friday practice.
The Japanese driver experienced a fuel system issue in the early stages of the opening 90 minute session, causing a small fire underneath the engine cover and subsequently ruling him out of second practice.
"One lap is not a good way to start, particularly after our reliability had been good in the Bahrain tests, but we know what the problems are and we're working very hard to fix them for tomorrow," said Kobayashi.
He added: "The problem on my car was to do with the fuel system – it was fine on the installation lap but when I boxed we had a small fire under the engine cover which came from a fuel system leak. The fire was put out immediately but when we had found the problem we knew it couldn't be fixed in time to run in FP2 so we made the decision to remove the power unit so we could fix the issue and aim to run properly tomorrow."
Ericssons first session was curtailed by an electrical issue, before a hydraulics leak struck in the afternoon. This limited him to just two installation laps, but the Swede, like Kobayashi, remains confident of finding fixes.
"This morning it was an electrical issue with the engine that meant I only did one lap – out on the main straight the power suddenly dropped but I was still able to get the car back to the pits and when we had a look at it we found it was an electrical problem so that was fixed over lunch," Ericsson explained.
"In the afternoon we were back out at the start of FP2 but this time, when I boxed, there was a hydraulics leak. A bit like with Kamui's car, fixing anything like this under the engine cover takes a lot longer than it used to with the old engines, so that was the end of the session for me and more work for the boys.
"There's a lot of work ahead of us but we'll do whatever we can to be back on track tomorrow."