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Kobayashi says Bianchi contact cost him points

The Japanese driver feels Bianchi should have been investigated
Sunday, May 25, 2014

 

25th May, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Kamui Kobayashi feels sure he would have finished in the points had it not been for contact with Jules Bianchi.

 

Kobayashi’s Caterham was damaged when Bianchi forced his way past at Rascasse.

The Japanese said the car was 'undriveable' as a result and began dropping down the order.

“Even though we finished in 13th I’m really not happy as I’m sure I’d have finished in the points if Bianchi hadn’t hit me when he forced his way past.” Kobayashi said.

“The car was basically undriveable after that so just finishing is a good result.”

The Caterham driver said the impact caused a lot of damage to his sidepod and the floor and couldn’t understand why he wasn’t investigated.

“as we went into the chicane after the tunnel, Bianchi hit me on the side and I had to cut through the chicane to avoid more contact.”

“I don’t really know why nothing was done about that as he basically just forced me out of the way by hitting me which meant both the Marussia and my teammate could pass and after that the car felt really bad.”

“The impact had caused a lot of damage to the sidepod and the floor and I lost a lot of rear downforce so from that point I was losing time without being able to do anything about it.”

Marcus Ericsson had a slightly better day finishing just outside the points in 11th place, after starting in the pitlane.

He looked on for a points finish but Kevin Magnussen passed him to take 10th place.

“For me that was good, even though the whole team is obviously disappointed about the way it ended.” Ericsson said.

“It was an amazing experience finishing my first Monaco Grand Prix and the fact we’ve equalled the team’s best ever finish today is great, it’s just a shame it didn’t mean more after the fantastic job everyone did today.”

 

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