Kamui Kobayashi says he is excited to see how new parts perform for Caterham at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
This weekend's race in Sakhir will be the first at which Caterham tests new parts developed in the Toyota wind tunnel in Cologne. While Caterham has again started the year off the pace of the midfield, the use of the wind tunnel could help it make more substantial progress and Kobayashi is keen to see how the new parts work on track.
“Our ability to develop is what will be crucial this year,” Kobayashi said. “Our development program is starting in Bahrain with the first new parts coming from the work we've been doing in the TMG wind tunnel and it'll be good to see how they perform.”
Kobayashi also believes this weekend provides Caterham with the opportunity to finally discover what its 2014 car is capable of after a tough start to the season.
“Reliability really is the main focus for Bahrain. We need to have three good practice sessions so we can go into qualifying and the race with an optimised setup giving us the chance to really find out what the real performance level of this car is.
“On my last day of the test in Bahrain we weren't able to do the final performance run because of a clutch issue, and we really haven't had a chance since then to run the car in full quali spec with optimised setups because of the reliability problems we've had, and the wet quali sessions we had in both Australia and Malaysia.
“Yes, we performed well in Malaysia for much of the race, but that was with a car that had almost no meaningful setup work done on it and with more still to come from the power unit. It's vital we have a full weekend so we can pick up where we left off in Sepang and continue to improve across all areas of the car's performance.”