April 1, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Caterham will begin developing their 2014 challenger this weekend in Bahrain.
Despite 'almost no meaningful setup work' being done on the car last weekend in Malaysia, Kamui Kobayashi was able to fight Romain Grosjean for 11th place at one point.
The Japanese driver is looking forward to seeing how the new parts perform and says development is crucial.
“Our ability to develop is what will be crucial this year.” Kobayashi explained.
“Our development program is starting in Bahrain with the first new parts coming from the work we’ve been doing in the TMG wind tunnel and it’ll be good to see how they perform.”
He says a weekend free of reliability issues is key for them to develop the CT05.
“It’s vital we have a full weekend so we can pick up where we left off in Sepang and continue to improve across all areas of the car’s performance.”
“we performed well in Malaysia for much of the race, but that was with a car that had almost no meaningful setup work done on it and with more still to come from the power unit.”
Teammate Marcus Ericsson believes the Bahrain International Circuit will suit their car and may give them the edge over their rivals.
“the Bahrain circuit characteristics should suit our car better than Sepang so we may be stronger here than in Malaysia, relative to the competition.” he said.
The rookie is confident that the pre-season tests in Bahrain will help them get things right from the word 'go' on Friday.
“I obviously know the Bahrain circuit well after the tests and, like Malaysia, that means we can get on with the program right from the first laps in FP1”
“it would also be really helpful if we can have the sort of reliability we had in the second pre-season test – mileage is what will help us unlock the full performance of this year’s car”
Caterham’s reserve driver Robert Frijns will take part in FP1 in place of Kobayashi in Bahrain.