Kamui Kobayashi says the Monaco Grand Prix could give Caterham the chance to “do something special”.
Caterham and Marussia are once again off the pace of the midfield teams and embroiled in a fight for tenth place in the constructors' championship. However, the characteristics of Monaco sees the gap between all the teams close up and Kobayashi is hoping to take advantage of being closer to the rest of the field.
“I like the challenge of the circuit, I think every driver does, but there is so much going on all over Monaco for the whole week it's pretty intense,” Kobayashi said. “Sometimes you just need to focus on your job but that's almost impossible while the race week is on, so I like to do the best work I can for the team on track.
“Monaco's also one of the shortest tracks of the year, and because it's not a really high speed circuit it's one where the gap to the cars ahead is always less. That's obviously good for us as one of the smaller teams as it means we have a better chance to do something special and I think it would be a fair reward for us to have something to celebrate after a couple of tough last races.
“I know that everyone in the team is working even harder than ever to fight back from where we are right now – the amount of hard work and effort that's always put in is one of the things that most impresses me about our team whenever I'm on track or at the factory, and it's about time our luck changed.”
With Kobayashi crashing at the end of the first day of the Barcelona in-season test last week Caterham was forced to miss the second day, but he said the team had recovered well from that setback.
“Even though we only tested for one day in Spain, we still achieved a lot there. We were doing more aero evaluations of the new parts we took to Barcelona and were also looking closely at why we couldn't get the tyres working over the whole weekend in Spain.
“The good news is that the tests allowed us to assess alternative setups that pointed to a very clear direction for future development so we can overcome the problems we had in Spain. I also want to thank the whole team for working even harder than ever to prepare the cars for Monaco after what was a pretty big accident I had at the end of day one - now we'll take everything we have to Monaco and aim for a much better weekend there.”