Caterham is adamant that they will run in free practice three despite having only completed three laps between the two drivers on the opening day of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix.
During three hours of free practice, only three laps were completed by the Caterham outfit due to issues with both cars. The level of work that needs to be put into fixing the cars is high, which suggested that both drivers could miss another valuable hour of practice.
Kamui Kobayashi brushed off the concerns as the mechanics had located the problem.
“We had a problem with the fuel line which normally we would have found during the winter test,” he said.
His teammate Marcus Ericsson suffered problems with the MGU-K unit in the first session and a hydraulic leak in the second, although he too is optimistic for FP3 and has faith in his mechanics.
“We should be fine to be out for FP3, the boys are working hard,” Ericsson said. “Because we haven’t done any running it will make the weekend very difficult, but we just need to do as many laps as possible and see where we are.”
Caterham finished off testing in Bahrain on a high and were quite happy with the way the car was performing, so to come to the first race of the season only to iron out problems that shouldn’t exist has put them on the back foot.
“It’s been a frustrating day because the second week in Bahrain was really good,” Ericsson added.
“The car seemed to be working really well, but then today we’ve been having new problems. We had so much planned and we needed laps.”
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