Kobayashi: New parts coming for Bahrain
2 April 2014 – Kamui Kobayashi has confirmed Caterham F1 will bring some new development parts to the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend as the Leafield-based outfit looks to find some much needed speed.
“Our ability to develop is what will be crucial this year,” Kobayashi said prior to the third round in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship. “Our development program is starting in Bahrain with the first new parts coming from the work we’ve been doing in the TMG [Toyota] wind tunnel and it’ll be good to see how they perform,” he added.
Kobayashi and team-mate Marcus Ericsson finished 13th and 14th last weekend in Sepang and after the double DNF in Australia, it was an encouraging result, although reliability remains a concern.
“We now have something to build on, both in terms of performance and from where we are now, in tenth place in the championship and with targets ahead that we know we can race with,” he continued.
“Reliability really is the main focus for Bahrain though,” he underlined. “We need to have three good practice sessions so we can go into qualifying and the race with an optimised setup giving us the chance to really find out what the real performance level of this car is.
“On my last day of the test in Bahrain we weren’t able to do the final performance run because of a clutch issue, and we really haven’t had a chance since then to run the car in full quali spec with optimised setups because of the reliability problems we’ve had, and the wet quali sessions we had in both Australia and Malaysia. Yes, we performed well in Malaysia for much of the race, but that was with a car that had almost no meaningful setup work done on it and with more still to come from the power unit.
"It’s vital we have a full weekend so we can pick up where we left off in Sepang and continue to improve across all areas of the car’s performance.”