Kamui Kobayashi says Colin Kolles has told him that Caterham has to push hard for the remainder of 2014 to try and beat Marussia.
Caterham has slipped off the pace compared to Marussia in recent races, with Jules Bianchi even scoring two points by finishing ninth in Monaco. However, with Kolles acting as adviser during a takeover of Caterham from Tony Fernandes which was completed this week
, he has told Kobayashi the new owners want to make improvements in the short term to challenge for points this year.
“I have to say we don't lose anything,” Kobayashi said. “We just need to do as much as we can. My new boss said he wants us to really push for this year. I think this a clear message for everyone in our team … it is aggressive but I think it's what we need to do.”
And Kobayashi also revealed that there would be more money available to the team to develop the car this season.
“When I spoke with the engineers we have more money, so we can get more updates. This is what we feel, so I have to say this is the time to really push.”
Having joined the team under Fernandes' ownership, Kobayashi said he didn't know what the future would hold beyond the end of this season.
“I have to say that I will drive for the rest of this year, for sure. For the future plans I really didn't speak very long yesterday; I think this week I will have more time to speak to my boss so let's see what the plan is. But I think when I spoke to him for a short time yesterday it was a clear message that he wants us to really push this year to get the championship positions.
“For sure I'm very happy to push for the results. I think to do that of course we need a lot of updates and a lot of work.”