March 30, 2014 (F1 Plus - Rosie Baillie) - After a double retirement at the Australian Grand Prix, Caterham are happy with a 13th and 14th place finish for Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson respectively.
Kobayashi had a strong race and at one point found himself up in 11th fighting with Romain Grosjean.
The Japanese driver had a good battle with Grosjean, who eventually passed him, and went on to finish his first full race for the team in 13th place.
“13th in our second race of the season is a very good result for the team, especially after such a bad weekend until the race!” he said.
Kobayashi says there is still plenty of work to do and feels its realistic for them to try and attack one or two of the teams ahead of them.
“There’s still a huge amount of work to do and a lot of today was new for me – that was the first time I’ve driven the car on full tanks on these tyres and we obviously have to keep putting more performance on the car so we can really fight one or two of the teams ahead.” he said.
“That looks like it’s a realistic target at this stage, but for now, focusing on today, finally we’ve had a good day and we should be happy about that.”
Marcus Ericsson was pleased with his start which saw him make his way up to 17th after starting last.
“My start couldn’t have been much better – I passed both Marussias and was right up with Kamui by the end of lap one in 17th having made up five places.” Ericsson said.
In the second stint the Swede found himself fighting against Kimi Raikkonen but was able to defend against him for a while.
“to be honest I was a bit surprised that I was fighting Raikkonen but he and Vergne made a couple of moves on me which I was able to defend, and then I went after Chilton.”
Towards the end of the race he began losing power but managed to fend off the Marussia of Max Chilton and crossed the line ahead of him.
The teams performance in Malaysia has moved them up to 10th in the constructors’ championship.