Caterham Singapore Grand Prix Review

Kobayashi Singapore

We assess how Caterham fared at the Singapore Grand Prix and rate the performances of Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson.

Singapore went reasonably well for Caterham, at least in the case of Marcus Ericsson. The Swede looked decent in the race and eventually beat both Marussias on his way to 15th, for whatever that is worth.

Still, no points and continued instability on the driver and management fronts make these worrying times for the British squad.

Kamui Kobayashi: Grid 20th. Finish DNF. Rating 7/10

Called up once again by Caterham, Kobayashi knew that Singapore could be his final grand prix. Alas, he didn’t even get a chance to take the start after a power unit failure sidelined him on the warm-up lap.

But if it is to be his final weekend the Japanese driver can leave with pride. He utterly obliterated team-mate Ericsson in qualifying, lapping almost two seconds quicker than the out-of-his-depth Swede.

Marcus Ericsson: Grid 22nd. Finish 15th. Rating 8/10

It was generally agreed that Ericsson delivered a good performance in Singapore. And yet there is something strange about describing a weekend in which the Swede was 1.8 seconds slower than his team-mate in qualifying as ‘good’. That is a lifetime in a grand prix car.

Come the race he put in a good shift, not least considering that this was his first taste of Singapore in F1 machinery (though he has raced at the circuit in GP2). 

Ultimately, in a season dominated by lows, you have to give Ericsson the praise he is due for beating both Marussias.