Finishing the main goal for Caterham – Kobayashi
18 June 2014 – Kamui Kobayashi says the main goal for Caterham at this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix is just to finish after a disappointing weekend for the team in Canada.
Neither Kobayashi nor team-mate Marcus Ericsson finished at Montreal due to mechanical problems and the Japanese racer says reaching the chequered flag at the Red Bull Ring is crucial.
"To be totally honest we would benefit a lot from a good weekend," Kobayashi said. "We were unlucky again in Canada, with both cars having to retire because of reliability issues, something we've been focusing on from our side all year, and something Renault have improved dramatically from the early part of the season.
"Even though our pace in the early part of the Canadian GP was not where it should have been, our simulations have shown that, had we finished, we'd have been closer to the pack than it may have looked at the point where I had to retire, so this weekend it's important we cross the line.
"We have to finish the races so we can be there if and when it counts, and that's one of the main goals this weekend."
Kobayashi is one of several drivers who have never raced at the Red Bull Ring, which returns to Formula 1 this weekend after an 11-year absence.
"I've seen a lot of on-boards of the track and it'll be a good challenge," he said. "It's quick, some of it really fast, and there's a couple of big braking zones so, as usual, getting the setup right is going to be crucial. However, until i've actually driven there I don't want to make any predictions about what it'll be like for us so let's see when we get on track."