Kobayashi sorry for ending day with big off
13 May 2014 – Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi was apologetic after he concluded the opening day of the post-Spanish Grand Prix test in the barriers.
The incident meant he failed to set a quick lap in his Renault-powered CT05, winding up ninth on the times on a 1:30.101s, 1.768 seconds off Jenson Button's McLaren in P8.
"Unfortunately in the last half hour I went off in turn three on run 22 and hit the barriers pretty hard," explained the Japanese driver. "There is quite a lot of damage to the car so I'm sorry for the guys in the garage who now have a long night ahead to fix the car."
Despite that, however, Kobayashi maintained it was still productive day and he did 72 laps in total.
"Even though the day ended with a pretty big off it's still been quite a good day for us and we've managed to get through a lot of work. The only good thing is that it [the off] was at the end of the day too after we'd got through most of the run plan," he continued.
"As the track was wet this morning we did six runs on wets to start with and a final one before lunch on inters, working through various setup options on those compounds that will be useful when we have the next wet sessions in a race weekend.
"As the track and air temperatures increased throughout the morning the track was drying out so after lunch we did a couple more runs on inters but by about 1400 it was dry enough to switch to slicks so we went onto the planned dry running program, starting on mediums. We'd made quite a few changes to the car from the setups we were running over the race weekend and I have to say I think we made some good progress.
"There was a bit more light rain in the middle of the afternoon so we did a few more in-and-out laps on inters to run some more aero evaluations, but went back to dry tyres for the rest of the day and continued with more set-up work."