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Caterham taking new parts to China

Friday 11-April-2014 13:33

Kamui Kobayashi has revealed that Caterham will be bringing a couple of new parts to the Chinese Grand Prix last week.

After the Japanese driver finished in 15th place in Bahrain last weekend, the Leafield outfield dropped behind Marussia in the Constructors' Championship standings, even though Kobayashi believes Caterham have a 'small advantage' in pace.

"The last of the four early season flyaway races is Shanghai, a track I've always had good support on and one that's a really good challenge technically. We obviously want to head back to Europe in a good position so everyone's working flat out to help us do that," Kobayashi revealed to crash.net.

"We have a couple of new parts coming in China before the bigger package everyone brings to Spain, but we also have to make sure we play to our strengths - we have a small advantage in pure pace over our direct rivals which put us in a strong position for most of the Bahrain race, right up until the final stint which ended with a disappointing result.

"We have to use that performance now to help us get back to where we want to be, and to build on that at every race.

"The last time I raced there in 2012 I qualified fourth, the highest qualifying position of my career and my team at that point.

"I actually started third after Lewis [Hamilton] had an issue but then the car had a problem with the launch and I lost a lot of places off the line.

"While I know we won't be starting that high this year, it would still be good to have a better race in 2014, and the whole team is working as hard as possible to help us do that.

"We saw in Malaysia that we have good straightline speed so we'll have to make sure that works in our favour, and with Renault we'll be working on energy management so we can maximise the advantage we have in those parts of the track."

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