Caterham team principal Manredi Ravetto has denied the team is short of parts for its car and said it will be able to repair the damage Kamui Kobayashi suffered in a crash today.
Bailiffs seized items from the team’s headquarters in Leafield were in the run-up to this weekend’s race. However Ravetto said the team had still be able to introduce new parts onto their car at Suzuka.
“We are happy to have introduced a new front wing, this shows commitment and effort from the team,” he said.
“We are sorry for Kamui’s crash, which hugely damaged the car but, contrary to rumours concerning the shortage of parts here in Japan, we are perfectly able to repair the car and run it tomorrow.”
Kobayashi only covered three laps on Friday at Suzuka as Roberto Merhi drove his car during the first practice session.
“It hasn’t been the best of ways to start my home Grand Prix,” he said. “After sitting out in FP1, I suddenly lost the rear-left during my first run and that was the end of the day for me as I crashed into the barrier.”
“It’s a shame, but at least we have tomorrow – it’s not much time but I will need to use FP3 to feel the car and luckily this is my home race and a track I know very well.”
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