No let-up for Caterham after difficult British GP weekend
The British Grand Prix marked Caterham’s first race since the sale of the team earlier this week, but the Leafield-based squad saw little change in its fortunes in Silverstone.
Marcus Ericsson made a great start to the race, running as high as 16th before before a suspension issue forced him into retirement, after he struck the kerbs at turn 6.
“I had a fantastic start, my best of the year so far, and passed several cars on the outside of turn one, so by the time the red flag came out I was up to 16th, five places up from where I’d started,” he explained.
“I was ahead of the crash that Kamui managed to avoid so my car was fine and after we restarted under the safety car I was ahead of him but then, going into turn six I hit something in the kerbs that smashed my suspension and that was the end of the race.”
Kamui Kobayashi, in the sister car, suffered front end damage after he was caught up in Kimi Räikkönen’s first lap accident, coming home 15th between the two Marussia cars of Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton.
“My start was ok and I was ahead of a couple of cars but then saw the Ferrari impact and had to go way off track to avoid hitting him,” said the Japanese racer.
“I made it through almost without any issues – there was a bit of damage to the nose but nothing else we could see then, so we were fine to restart.”
“We started under the safety car and I was just behind my teammate and then saw he retired so pushed on to the group just ahead,” he added. “The car did feel very different to how it was when I started – the aero balance had changed and it was clear we’d lost some downforce, almost certainly from the rallying I had to do, but I kept going as hard as I could.”
Kobayashi admitted his first concern after the accident had been for Raikkonen, who was subjected to a 47G impact with the wall at Aintree, before his car skated back across the track.
“The main thing for me was I wanted to make sure Kimi was ok,” he said. “It was a big crash, and while I was lucky to avoid it, I hope he’s ok. The initial reports I’ve heard are that he’s not too bad but I just hope that’s the case.
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