March 29, 2014 (F1 Plus - Rosie Baillie) - After an early retirement in Australia and limited running on Friday and Saturday in Malaysia, Kamui Kobayashi is hoping to reach the chequered flag tomorrow.
“we focus on tomorrow and hope we can have a full race. If it rains like it did today anything could happen – I just want the chance to race properly!” he said.
The Japanese driver praised the team, saying that without their hard work he would not have been able to take part in qualifying.
“Bearing in mind the tiny number of laps we did all weekend, and the problems we had on Saturday morning, the fact we were even running in qualifying was down to the hard work the team put in, so to have got out there and put in laps after all the problems we’ve had is a small reward.”
Teammate Marcus Ericsson bought Q1 to a halt with 35 seconds to go after losing control of the car.
The Swede careered off the track and into the barrier before sliding back across the track, picking up a marker board and coming to a stop in the middle of the track.
“on the final quick lap I made a mistake in sector one and crashed. I’m really sorry for the team.” he said.
Ericsson apologised to the team but was confident that they would get the car ready for tomorrow and said he would learn from his mistake.
“They’ve worked so hard all weekend on the problems we’ve had, and now they have another huge job ahead of them to prepare the car for tomorrow, but I know they’ll keep pushing and we’ll all come back fighting tomorrow.
“This has been another big lesson for me – my first wet running in F1, my first Q1 on inters and my first big off – it’s all part of being a rookie in F1 and I will learn from every single thing that happens.”
Kobayashi will start the Malaysian Grand Prix in 20th place and Ericsson will start last in 22nd place.