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Caterham pleased with improvements

Kobayashi says they did something 'different with the setup'.
Saturday, June 21, 2014

 

21st June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson both say they feel happier in the car, though they qualified 20th and 21st respectively.

Kobayashi said he felt his qualifying lap time (1:11.673) was one of the best of his season so far.

“Compared to quite a few of the previous races we tried something different with the setup here and that’s given us some real improvements in the car,” Kobayashi

“helping close the gap to our direct rivals and there’s more to come from it at other tracks.”

“With this change I think I had one of the best laps of the season in quali.”

“There was maybe another tenth left but I was pretty much flat out for the whole lap and pleased we finished closer to our nearest competitors than maybe the times had suggested so far this weekend.”

Ericsson also felt happier in the car but was unable to put in a clean lap and qualified last, however Max Chilton’s grid penalty carried over from Canada means he starts 21st.

“From the first lap in FP3 I was happier in the car. Traction had improved, the balance was better and it was just easier to drive.” he said.

“I wanted to keep working on the braking as there was time to be found from there so we had a look at that on a couple of the runs and I think we found a small improvement for quali and the race.”

“However, in Q1 we did two runs on the supersofts but I couldn’t put a clean lap together and finished up with a time I’m obviously disappointed with.”

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