Kobayashi pleased to elevate Caterham to 10th
30 March 2014 – Kamui Kobayashi expressed his delight after a 13th place finish in the Malaysian Grand Prix elevated Caterham above Marussia in the battle for 10th place in the constructors' championship.
Kobayashi utilised a two stop strategy to scrap with midfield rivals during the race, before eventually settling for 13th, which lifts Caterham into the top 10 of the championship for the first time since 2012.
"13th in our second race of the season is a very good result for the team, especially after such a bad weekend until the race," he said.
"I had a great start, and no brake problems this time going into turn one, and by the end of the first lap I was up to 16th, running at the same pace as [Adrian] Sutil just ahead and with the car performing much better than it had all weekend."
Kobayashi reckons that Caterham's performance at this stage of the season indicates that they will be able to take the fight to some of the midfield outfits.
"13th place in Malaysia puts us back in 10th in the championship and gives everyone the sort of boost we needed," he said. "There’s still a huge amount of work to do and a lot of today was new for me – that was the first time I’ve driven the car on full tanks on these tyres and we obviously have to keep putting more performance on the car so we can really fight one or two of the teams ahead.
"That looks like it’s a realistic target at this stage, but for now, focusing on today, finally we’ve had a good day and we should be happy about that."