3 June 2014
Kobayashi ready for F1's next ‘crazy race’
Despite being on the back foot after rival Marussia scored F1 points in Monaco, Caterham veteran Kamui Kobayashi intends to take his chance next time.
Kamui Kobayashi may have seen rookie team-mate Marcus Ericsson equal Caterham's best F1 finish at the Monaco Grand Prix, but the achievement was dampened by rival Marussia finally landing 'real' points.
The Principality was always expected to provide the best opportunity for the sport's smallest teams to break through into the top ten, and there was a definite sense of frustration at Caterham when Jules Bianchi claimed ninth place while its own pilots just missed out on maiden points. With Canada next on the agenda, however, veteran Kobayashi knows that another chance may be just around the corner.
“Canada [is] one of the most popular races of the year and one where the weather can play a very big part,” he reasoned, “At the moment, the forecasts look dry For Friday, Saturday and Sunday but, if that changes, it could definitely be in our favour and we need to make sure we're ready to take anything that comes our way.
“I was in the factory last week to start preparations for Canada and even though Monaco didn't end for me as we'd planned, despite us doing everything we could, everyone is still fighting harder than ever. Crazy races like we had last week don't come too often but, when they do, we need to be ready and, after talking to a lot of the team last week, I know that they are all focused on making progress, not looking back at what might have been.”
Kobayashi's record in Montreal is sound, with a couple of points finishes from 2011 and 2012, but Ericsson heads into the weekend 'flying blind', having never set foot on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“After everything I've heard about Montreal and the track, I can't wait to get started,” the Swede commented, “The actual circuit looks like it'll be a good challenge. It's quick, especially for what is almost a street circuit. After Monaco, I'm definitely ready to get back to work, and it'll be good to start again at another new track and one which everyone tells me is going to be an amazing race weekend.”
Like Kobayashi, Ericsson could take good and bad memories from round six, and hopes that, despite missing out on points this time around, his eleventh place can still be significant.
“Even though there were obviously mixed feelings in the team after Monaco, I have to say I was pretty happy with how it went for me,” the rookie concluded, “After starting from the pit-lane, I finished my first ever Monaco GP by equalling the team's highest ever position and, even with what happened ahead, that could be really important later this season.
“That sort of finish, in a race where a lot of cars didn't make it to the flag, is all part of my continuing development as an F1 driver, and I'm sure that experience will help me in Canada and for the rest of the season as we keep battling.”
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