Kobayashi: Bianchi deserved a penalty
26 May 2014 – Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi has expressed his surprise after no action was taken against Jules Bianchi in the Monaco Grand Prix.
Kobayashi was passed by Bianchi around mid-distance, but the move at Rascasse was far from clean and the Frenchman made contact three times, before eventually taking ninth and scoring two points for Marussia. Kobayashi, in contrast, finished three laps down in 13th and said the incident wreaked his race.
"I'm really not happy as I'm sure I'd have finished in the points if Bianchi hadn't hit me when he forced his way past," Kobayashi said after round six in the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship. "The car was basically undriveable after that so just finishing is a good result, and the team did everything they could to help us finish as high as possible today – good strategy and great stops, but when you're overtaken by being hit out of the way it's obviously not good."
"I don't really know why nothing was done about that as he basically just forced me out of the way by hitting me which meant both the Marussia and my team-mate could pass and after that the car felt really bad," Kobayashi added. "The impact had caused a lot of damage to the sidepod and the floor and I lost a lot of rear downforce so from that point I was losing time without being able to do anything about it.
"I managed to get the car home ahead of [Max] Chilton but with the way the race ended I think the whole team feel like we lost out through no fault of our own."
Despite that though, Kobayashi remains upbeat and he is determined to bounce back in Canada next month: "We need to keep our spirits up and use this experience to make us even more determined to get ahead of our nearest rivals. We'll just keep pushing," concluded the Japanese driver.