Ericsson: “We are as ready as we can be”
The Leafield-based outfit’s CT05 proved to be the most reliable Renault-powered car during winter testing. After a difficult start in Jerez, the team managed to gain plenty of mileage in Bahrain and ended the 12 test days with a total of 621 laps.
“We’ve done everything we can to prepare, but, honestly, I don’t think you can ever prepare for what it’ll feel like in the car, sitting on the grid as the lights go out in my debut race – however, that feeling will go very quickly and I know I’m ready to race,” admitted the Swedish driver.
“The pre-season tests were tough, but at the end of them we’d got through most of what we planned, so there shouldn’t be too many surprises in Melbourne. By the end of the tests our reliability was best of the Renault teams and we ran through a race sim, including the formation lap procedure, starts and pitstops, so with the mileage we completed in both Bahrain tests, we’re as ready as we can be.”
Team-mate Kamui Kobayashi is excited to make his F1 return after last competing for Sauber in 2012. “Obviously for me this is my first race back, and I’m really pleased it’s with Caterham,” he said. “I guarantee that they are working as hard as anyone else to have a good year in 2014 and I’ve been very impressed with how determined they are to succeed.
“We still don’t know exactly where we are on performance, partly because you never do in tests because you don’t know what everyone else is doing, but also because we didn’t really have a chance to do a proper quali sim in Bahrain. We have some new parts coming to Australia, including some revisions to the front wing, so we’ll be working on them on Friday and Saturday morning and know more about where we are when qualifying’s finished on Saturday.”
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