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Fuel system issue ended Kobayashi's race

A double retirement for Caterham following Ericsson’s crash and Kobayashi’s issue.
Sunday, July 27, 2014

 

27th July 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Kamui Kobayashi was forced to retire from the Hungarian Grand Prix with a fuel system issue.

The Japanese drivers retirement meant that neither Caterham car crossed the finish line.

Kobayashi was forced to retire on lap 24 when he lost drive due to an issue with the fuel system. This is Kobayashi's third retirement of the year. 

“It’s obviously a shame we couldn’t finish the race today but an issue with the fuel system meant I had to stop the car as I had no power,” Kobayashi said.

“The car felt good in the wet / dry conditions, they seem to suit us, and my pace in the first stint was pretty strong.

“We boxed for the first time on lap nine and rejoined on softs and again I had good pace, enough to push me up to 14th.”

“I was into a good rhythm and the balance was fine. We were going to run quite long on that set but then on lap 24 I lost power just after turn 12 and that was the end of my race.”

Marcus Ericsson crashed on lap seven coming out of turn three bringing out the safety car.

“It was quite a good race up until the point where I crashed on lap seven,” Ericsson said.

“My start was ok and I was having a good fight with Chilton and Maldonado, trying to line them up through turn three and I was just a bit too eager in the throttle.

“The back stepped out and I couldn't catch the car and that was it, I was in the wall.”

The Swede said his crash measured 20g but added that he felt fine.

“It was a pretty big shunt! I went to the medical centre straight after the crash and they told me it was about 20g, but physically I feel fine.”

Caterham go into the summer break 11th in the constructors’ championship behind Sauber and Marussia.

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