Kamui Kobayashi has good memories of his last F1 visit to the Circuit de Catalunya, but admits that he is unlikely to find himself in the same company this weekend.

The Japanese ace started ninth on the grid - having been denied a chance to run in the final phase of qualifying - before producing a feisty performance to take fifth in the race, but enjoyed battled with several drivers who find themselves at the front of the field in 2014. Kobayashi, by contrast, finds himself trying to stave off the attentions of the Marussia pair at the back of the field.

The Spanish GP will be the year's first visit to Barcelona following the decision to hold the final two pre-season tests in Bahrain, and the veteran looking forward to the weekend after the extended gap since China.

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"After a couple of weeks to recharge we're back to work in Barcelona at a track everyone knows extremely well, but, unusually for us in the recent F1 era, this will be our first visit there this year as we didn't test there in pre-season," he confirmed, "It's a track I've always gone pretty well at, especially in 2012 when I finished fifth after really good fights with [Jenson] Button and [Nico] Rosberg in the race. While I'd like to be racing both of them again this year we're realistic enough to know that's very unlikely, but we are still aiming to be able to fight at least two of the teams ahead, and new parts should help that."

In common with many of its rivals, Caterham will be bringing its first wave of updates to Spain, and Kobayashi is hoping that they will propel the CT05 away from the back of the field and into possible battles with the likes of former employer Sauber.

"We're bringing updates to the front and rear wings and the floor and the key to optimising the performance gains from them is obviously maximum time on track, so strong reliability will again be crucial," he explained, "It was good to see how much progress we and Renault made on that over the first four races and we'll obviously aim to carry that over to Barcelona and throughout the season as it is especially important in helping perfect set-ups over the weekend."