Kobayashi thanks Fernandes for opportunity
4 July 2014 – Caterham driver Kamui Kobayashi has thanked Tony Fernandes for providing him with the opportunity to return to Formula 1, in the wake of the Malaysian businessman's decision to sell the team.
Kobayashi made his F1 comeback with the Leafield-based outfit this season, having spent a year on the sidelines after Sauber opted against renewing his contract for 2013.
"First of all, I really appreciate his support and the opportunity," Kobayashi told GPUpdate.net.
"I think, as he said, he had a very difficult time in Formula 1. But at the end of the day this is Formula 1, the rest of motorsport is different."
Kobayashi is confident that the new owners, a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors, and arriving team boss Christijan Albers can drive the team forward.
"For the team I think it is a bit of a difficult time, but we have to believe this is a positive way," he said.
"I didn't have time to properly chat with the boss, so it's difficult to know what the target is in the future. But at least when I spoke with him for a very short time, [he said] he really wanted to push this year."
Albers' main target for 2014 is to climb from the bottom of the standings and salvage 10th position.
"We need to," said Kobayashi, when asked about Caterham's chances of claiming the coveted spot.
He added: "After four years we need to score points. To do that we need a lot of work and to really push."