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Caterham boss confused by Kobayashi claims he retired a healthy car in Russia

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Caterham boss confused by Kobayashi claims he retired a healthy car in Russia
Oct 15, 2014, 12:30 PM

One bizarre episode in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix was the retirement of Kamui Kobayashi in what appeared to be a healthy car.

One bizarre episode in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix was the retirement of Kamui Kobayashi in what appeared to be a healthy car. The Japanese pulled out on lap 21 of 53 and when asked why he said that he had been told to stop the car due to mileage concerns, presumably on some of the parts.

However today Caterham's team principal has rubbished the claims.

"Actually there was nothing (wrong)," Kobayashi told BBC 5 Live. "There is no reason (to retire), but the management decided to stop the car during the race the reason was maybe to save the mileage.

"We have a lot of mileage limitations on the car so to avoid an accident I got a message from top management.

Asked if he will be racing for Caterham at the next race in Austin he said, "I expect to race there but I haven't had the confirmation yet, so let's see."

Caterham issued an official statement later in the afternoon in which Kobayashi was quoted as saying,

"I was told that I needed to retire. It was all a bit of a surprise to me and at first I didn’t really know what the reason for having to stop was. The team has now analysed the telemetry and it was clear that my brakes were overheating too much. It’s a shame to end the weekend like this, but there’s not much more I could do today.”

Manfredi Ravetto

Today team principal Manfredi Ravetto has said he doesn't understand Kobayashi's comment,

"I was very surprised to hear Kamui referring to some mileage-saving instruction coming from the team's management," he said. "We saw via telemetry that there was a potential issue with the brakes and we decided to avoid any risks; Kamui officially confirmed this as well and I’d like to add that he had also asked us to change the previous set before qualifying because he felt some vibration.

"To be clear: yes, we instructed Kamui to retire because the safety of our drivers is our first concern! Regarding Kamui's comment, all I can say – and again, I’m answering with facts – is that the team has continuously made progress since the British Grand Prix, we've managed to qualify very well in the last two races, getting very close to Q2, and in Suzuka we repaired Kamui's heavily damaged car in time for the next session without any problems, so I cannot understand his comment."

Kobayashi's team mate Marcus Ericsson completed the race, albeit two laps down on the winner.

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