F1 » Kobayashi: Steps aren’t big enough


Kamui Kobayashi says the steps Caterham has been making so far this season have not been big enough

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ZEDX

August 02, 2014 5:44 PM

Got to feel sorry for all the drivers at Caterham.. past & present
Having to sound up-beat & positive when they know deep down the car is s**t !
Of all the Renault equipped teams at the beginning of the season, Caterham seemed to have the least amount of trouble (compared with Red Bull, Lotus) so I really was expecting them to be doing better by now.
There must be a fundamental problem with that car they're missing....????

here4thesun2

August 02, 2014 6:39 PM

ZEDX: Got to feel sorry for all the drivers at Caterham.. past & present
Having to sound up-beat & positive when they know deep down the car is s**t !
Of all the Renault equipped teams at the beginning of the season, Caterham seemed to have the least amount of trouble (compared with Red Bull, Lotus) so I really was expecting them to be doing better by now.
There must be a fundamental problem with that car they're missing....????


for a brief moment, they were catching the back up the pack and just about equal and better than Marussia - before Monaco. Then that quickly changed and we are where we are.

By the way, re. Monaco, Kobayashi out-qualified and out-raced his peers up to that point, but does not have the car underneath him to carry him to the finish. This guy needs a customer car.

107SS2009

August 02, 2014 9:14 PM

Kobayashi's calibre as a driver is in my opinion much above that of the car he is driving.
No updates/steps during a season will be big enough when there are fundamental car design problems and more importantly lack of funds.
Customer cars are on their way, but they will still cost a lot of money, could even cost more than what it cost Caterham to produce a car.

here4thesun2

August 03, 2014 12:19 AM


Astute reasoning. Hopefully, the customer can buy a Force India or Torro Rosso and have a go, rather than an independent Caterham.

It may help to have a finite budget, albeit large, rather than a number that is entry level then ballooning and unknown costs beyond that. A talented independent may be able to raise those funds.

At any rate, Kobayashi needs a backer. And to my knowledge has not found the daddy warbucks yet.

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