Ex-Formula 1 racer Kamui Kobayashi is refusing to set any targets for his Formula E debut in Hong Kong this weekend after “not brilliant” preparations that saw him miss all of the official test days.

Kobayashi was announced as making his Formula E debut with Andretti two weeks ago in place of Tom Blomqvist, who had been listed on the official entry list for the electric series’ fourth season.

The former Toyota, Sauber and Caterham F1 driver’s deal was only confirmed following the conclusion of the official test at Valencia in October, restricting him to a filming day at Donington Park - reportedly completed behind the garage units - for his first taste of a Formula E car.

“The preparation for myself was not brilliant. I just tried to do as much as I could do without having the proper tests,” Kobayashi said.

“I did the filming day, so it’s not on a track or a long run. I had one day in the simulator which makes me more confident with the car.

“Of course I think when I saw the simulator, I thought I knew what I need to do in the car, but it’s a different track. So let’s see tomorrow.

“I don’t really set targets, but I think need to maximise doing what I can do in a short time.”

Formula E is known to be working hard to find a full-time role for Kobayashi in the series in a bid to capitalise on the Japanese market where the series enjoys a strong following.

However, Kobayashi confirmed that the plan for now remains for him only to do the Hong Kong double-header, expecting Blomqvist to return for the next round in Marrakesh.

“For now it’s only this race,” Kobayashi said.

“I think for the next race, I don’t know where it is, I think Tom will do the driving.”


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