Tuesday was a mixed day for Formula One’s two newest teams in testing at Barcelona.
Max Chilton topped the time sheets for Marussia, while Kamui Kobayashi’s accident ended his and Caterham’s day early after the Japanese driver lost the rear at Turn 3.
The shunt cost Caterham Wednesday, too, as the team has withdrawn from the second day of testing. Reserve driver Robin Frijns had been due to take over.
“Having assessed the damage to chassis CT05-03 after Kamui’s accident yesterday in the final half hour of day one, we have decided not to run on day two,” a team statement said. “While obviously not ideal, this ensures the team can now focus on the next Grand Prix in Monaco, starting next week.”
Added Kobayashi, via the official Formula One website: “Unfortunately in the last half hour I went off in Turn 3 on run 22 and hit the barriers pretty hard. There is quite a lot of damage to the car so I’m sorry for the guys in the garage who now have a long night ahead to fix the car.”
Can’t fault Kobayashi for his effort and for his stand-up apology, but it’s unfortunate for the team who now lose a crucial opportunity to bank further mileage and development in an era of limited testing.