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Chinese GP: Kobayashi to benefit from new parts in Shanghai

Kamui Kobayashi looking for better race in China, says the Caterham F1 team is working as hard as possible to achieve that.
Kamui Kobayashi has said everyone at Caterham is working 'flat out' ahead of the 2014 F1 Chinese Grand Prix - and he has also revealed the team will take a couple of new parts to the event.

Kobayashi finished 15th in Bahrain last weekend and with Marussia's Max Chilton taking 13th, Caterham slips back behind in the Constructors' Championship.

Kobayashi isn't discouraged though, and believes the Leafield-based outfit has a 'small advantage' in terms of pure pace over Marussia.

“The last of the four early season flyaway races is Shanghai, a track I've always had good support on and one that's a really good challenge technically. We obviously want to head back to Europe in a good position so everyone's working flat out to help us do that,” Kobayashi stated.

“We have a couple of new parts coming in China before the bigger package everyone brings to Spain, but we also have to make sure we play to our strengths – we have a small advantage in pure pace over our direct rivals which put us in a strong position for most of the Bahrain race, right up until the final stint which ended with a disappointing result.

"We have to use that performance now to help us get back to where we want to be, and to build on that at every race.”

Kobayashi also added that he has fond memories of competing at the Shanghai International Circuit: “The last time I raced there in 2012 I qualified fourth, the highest qualifying position of my career and my team at that point,” he explained. “I actually started third after Lewis [Hamilton] had an issue but then the car had a problem with the launch and I lost a lot of places off the line.

“While I know we won't be starting that high this year, it would still be good to have a better race in 2014, and the whole team is working as hard as possible to help us do that,” he continued.

“We saw in Malaysia that we have good straightline speed so we'll have to make sure that works in our favour, and with Renault we'll be working on energy management so we can maximise the advantage we have in those parts of the track.”

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06.04.2014- Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Caterham F1 Team CT05
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06.04.2014- Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Caterham F1 Team CT05
05.04.2014- Free practice 3, Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Caterham F1 Team CT05
06.04.2014- Race, Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Caterham F1 Team CT05
05.04.2014- Free practice 3,  Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Caterham F1 Team CT05
04.04.2014- Free Practice 2, Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Caterham F1 Team CT05
Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Caterham. 03.04.2014. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir, Bahrain, Preparation Day.

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April 11, 2014 11:52 AM

If the parts are a Merc power unit and a new chassis he might have a car worthy of his talents. it's a shame he had to come back to F1 to drive this shed. Meanwhile nandos is using his 25 million to flip F1 cars when he should really be flipping burgers in a van outside the circuit.


April 11, 2014 2:47 PM

The bad news for Caterham is that even the complete ****box that Lotus built this year still has more pace than their car (when it runs that is, but then Caterham have also had a few retirements already). The good news is the Lotus and Sauber are so slow this year they may just have a chance to nick a point somewhere, but even then it will still likely be for 10th place at best in the constructor's.

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