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Kobayashi explains Fuji Super Formula test crash

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Kobayashi explains Fuji Super Formula test crash
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Co-author: Jamie Klein
Mar 24, 2020, 12:47 PM

Kamui Kobayashi says the crash that cost him half a day of running on the first day of Super Formula testing at Fuji was a result of pushing too hard and too early on cold tyres.

The pre-season running for Japan’s premier single-seater series began at a cold Fuji Speedway on Tuesday, two weeks after the previous test at Suzuka was postponed.

With track temperatures staying low throughout the morning, Kobayashi lost control of his Toyota-powered KCMG car at Turn 2, minutes after the session had resumed after an earlier off for Super Formula rookie Tatiana Calderon.

The damage incurred to Kobayashi’s car was significant and the Japanese driver was forced to miss the rest of the morning session as the Hong Kong-based team conducted repair work on the #7 SF19.

When asked about the incident, Kobayashi told Motorsport.com: “Nothing [to explain]. I just accelerated, I just spin and I crashed. Shit happens.

"It’s so hard with these tyres, and quite lot of power, with cold tyres… it’s very hard. 

“But yeah, in the afternoon we did some decent set-up changes, try to understand the car. I think we’re ok, it’s not brilliant for us, to try and rebuild the car, understand more…”

“[The damage] wasn’t too bad. It just took a bit of a while [to fix].”

After sitting on the sidelines for the rest of the first session, Kobayashi returned to the track in the afternoon, completing 47 further laps to end up 13th in the day’s classification, a second off the pace-setting Impul car of Ryo Hirakawa.

“Yeah, but I didn’t use new tyres at the end,” Kobayashi said when asked about the afternoon session. "It’s hard to judge. 

“Still, I’m not really happy with the car. We need to find a way. We know what the problems are, we need to improve.”

KCMG has expanded to a two-car setup for the first time in its brief history in Super Formula, with 2016 champion Yuji Kunimoto joining team incumbent Kobayashi.

Kunimoto was classified 15th on the first day of the test, a tenth adrift of Kobayashi’s best time of 1m21.709s.

Kobayashi says KCMG has already started to benefit from extra data from Kunimoto’s car.

“We can split set-up, we can develop the car at double speed, even more than double speed actually,” Kobayashi explained. "It’s really good.

Asked if there were any downsides from the addition of a second car, Kobayashi replied: “Nothing at all, it’s really good.”

Kamui Kobayashi, carrozzeria Team KCMG

Kamui Kobayashi, carrozzeria Team KCMG

Photo by: Masahide Kamio

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Series Super Formula
Event Fuji March Testing
Drivers Kamui Kobayashi
Teams KCMG
Author Rachit Thukral