Kamui Kobayashi says he is aiming to ‘fight back’ at the next Grand Prix in Monaco.
The Caterham driver was reflecting on the Spanish Grand Prix which saw him retire with a brakes failure to round-out a “difficult weekend” for the 27-year-old. Caterham were far off the pace of rivals Marussia as news broke that they had replaced their technical director with a committee.
Speaking after the race, Kobayashi described how his car was “a bit of a handful”, but explained that he had still been catching up on Marussia’s Jules Bianchi before his retirement:
“The car felt ok but I still had the same traction issues as we’d had all weekend so it was still a bit of a handful, but the deg levels on the first set of medium tyres that we’d started with were good so we could run a very long first stint, finally boxing on lap 23 for another set of mediums.”
“The car felt better on the second set of tyres and I was able to make up some to Bianchi ahead,” Kobayashi said, “but then on lap 44, I had a pretty scary moment going into turn one when the left front brake failed and I was just able to keep the car out of the wall. That was the end of my race and the end of a difficult weekend.”
Kobayashi then turned his attention to the upcoming two-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya and to Monaco, where he hopes to do better.
“We clearly don’t have the performance we’re targeting, but chances have been made to help us sort this out and the whole team is working harder than ever to make progress, and we have two days of testing here to help us learn more about the new parts we brought to Spain, so we’ll aim to fight back in Monaco next week.”
Marcus Ericsson was hit by Pastor Maldonado on the second lap and he finished in twentieth – last of the finishers.
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