Caterham team report from the first day of the final preseason test, at Bahrain International Circuit, ahead of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship.
Kamui Kobayashi: ““19 laps on the first day of the final test isn’t how we wanted to start these final four days of testing, but when each problem surfaces the whole team is working very hard to fix them. This morning we had an electrical problem, not related to the engine, that meant I had to stop on track. It was a lot less dramatic than it looked, but when there’s smoke coming from the car it’s obviously not good so we got the car back and had it fixed and cleaned up again by lunchtime.
“In the afternoon we were back out first, but found a series of power unit related software problems kept meaning we had to come back to the garage earlier than planned. I know how determined Renault are to fix these and I have another day in the car on Saturday to add to the good number of laps we ran in the first Bahrain test. Hopefully tomorrow Marcus will be able to do a similar number of laps to the 98 he ran last week and everyone’s working harder than ever to make sure we leave Bahrain in a good position.”
Cedrik Staudohar, Track Support Leader, Renault Sport F1: “Day one of the final test brought some challenges but we know what the issues are and we are working hard to resolve them for the remaining three days in Bahrain. In the morning Kamui stopped on track after seven laps with an electrical issue unrelated to the Power Unit, then we encountered a sequence of software and ignition issues this afternoon. We understand why they originate, but unfortunately some of the fixes take a reasonable amount of time to implement in the garage. Nevertheless we are working hard to correct everything for tomorrow to have a much cleaner day when Marcus is back in the car.”