Kobayashi unhappy after another disrupted day
28 March 2014 – Kamui Kobayashi admitted that he was not happy after missing another practice session and urged Caterham to improve their reliability for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.
Kobayashi completed only five laps in the first practice session due to a battery change in his CT05 and the team subsequently discovered an oil leak which prevented him from running for the rest of the day.
Kobayashi's Australian Grand Prix weekend was hampered by a lack of running in practice and it was an aspect the Japanese driver targeted improving at Sepang. Nonetheless, despite his own setbacks, Kobayashi was boosted by team-mate Marcus Ericsson completing a decent haul of laps.
"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 problem," said Kobayashi.
"It was pretty quickly identified as an energy store issue which meant we had to change the battery and that was the end of FP1 for me. Unfortunately we also found an oil leak when we took the floor off the car and that meant I wasn’t able to run at all in FP2 as it would have taken too long to fix both issues.
Kobayashi fears that Caterham will endure another difficult race if problems are not soon repaired. Neither car finished the race in Australia due to mechanical issues.
"This isn’t good, obviously, and I’m not happy that we’ve lost another Friday, but it is important to say that I know how hard everyone is working, in our team and at Renault, to try and fix these problems so we can have a proper race weekend.
"The fact Marcus was able to run the most laps of anyone in FP1 shows that we can be reliable – we just need to make sure both cars run like that for the rest of the weekend or we’ll have another difficult race ahead."