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Kobayashi: We have nothing to lose

2014-07-04 07:51

UNCERTAIN FUTURE FOR CATERHAM: Despite his team being sold, Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi believes the team’s new owners will honour his contract. Image: AFP/ Nicholas Kamm

SILVERSTONE, England - Kamui Kobayashi believes Wednesday's (July 2 2014) buy-out of the Caterham Formula 1 team will not affect his future.

Kobayashi, the only Japanese driver on the circuit, was confident the new owners would honour his contract.

On July 2 2014, Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes sold the team  to a consortium of Swiss and Middle Eastern investors advised by former F1 consultant and team principal Colin Kolles.

'WE WERE STRUGGLING WITH THE BUDGET'

Kobayashi said: "I will drive this year, sure. For the future, I really didn't speak with them about it. I think next week we will have more time to speak with the boss, so let's see.

"Whatever happens, I think my job this year is to get some results."

Kobayashi said the change of ownership would, thanks to an improved financial situation, help Caterham to be more assertive with its development programme .

He said: "I really appreciate that we can still continue to race and I think our target is clear - we need to push to get back the championship position. We need to focus.. the past few months we were struggling with the budget.

"The new boss says he wants us to push in 2014 - this is a clear message for everybody. He is aggressive. We have more money, so we can get more updates. We have nothing to lose."

Caterham has scored zero points so far in 2014 so is 11th and last in the Constructors' championship.

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