Caterham: Pleased to get a double finish

Kamui Kobayashi leads Marcus Ericsson

Kamui Kobayashi leads Marcus Ericsson

Caterham team report from the German Grand Prix, Round 10 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Hockenheim;

Kamui Kobayashi, car #10, chassis CT05-02: “At the start I managed to avoid Bianchi who was slow off the line but I was behind Chilton going into turn one. After the Safety Car went back in Bianchi managed to get ahead so I focused on pushing to the first stop where really good work from the pitstop crew helped me jump Chilton, and I held that place comfortably up to the second stop on lap 32. The car balance was OK – there was a bit of understeer, less than on the Super-softs I’d started on, but I didn’t have the outright pace to catch the cars ahead. When we boxed again the guys did another great stop and helped put some more time between Chilton and me so I didn’t have to push the second set of Softs too hard on the first few laps of the third stint. I pulled away from Chilton and then when Sutil spun we boxed for the last time to finish the race on another set of Super-softs. 16th was about as much as we could have done today – we didn’t quite have the performance to catch Bianchi so now it’s on to Hungary next week for the last race before the August break.”

Marcus Ericsson, car #9, chassis CT05-01: “I started from the pitlane so it was always going to be a struggle today. Obviously the Safety Car on lap one helped but I had to serve the ten second stop / go we’d incurred for breaking parc fermé rules last night after the issue with the power unit straight after the Safety Car came in, and from that point I was having to try and play catch up for the whole race. My first pitstop was on lap 18, going from Super-softs to Softs for the second stint, and when I rejoined the blue flags for the leaders meant I started losing more time and there wasn’t anything I could do to try and make up time to the cars ahead. My laptimes were pretty good, relative to the pace we could manage today, so I just kept pushing, right up to the second stop on lap 41, by which time that set was done. We went back out on Super-softs for the final stint and I was told I could push to the flag. I made up some time on the Marussia ahead but with about five laps left that set was completely gone so I couldn’t close the gap up enough to fight Chilton and finished the race in 18th.”

Cedrik Staudohar, Renault Sport F1 track support leader: “We had a clean race this afternoon where we were able to run the power units to the maximum and are pleased to get a double finish, with one car ahead of a Marussia. We will build on this in the next race in Hungary.”

(Caterham F1)


via 2014 German Grand Prix.