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Caterham complete three Friday practice laps in Australia // A tricky start to the Melbourne weekend for Renault powered teams

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Caterham complete three Friday practice laps in Australia
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In first practice, Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson completed one installation lap each but neither driver set a time. In the second session, Ericsson added one more lap to his tally, still without a time, whilst Kamui Kobayashi didn’t emerge from the garage.

The team weren’t the only ones still working through problems, but they go into Saturday as the least prepared of the 11 contenders.

Ericsson was visibly frustrated not to be able to complete more running on his first proper day as an F1 driver, but listed the problems as electrical, hydraulic, and the fact that “fixing anything like this under the engine cover takes a lot longer than it used to.”

Meanwhile, Kobayashi explained his situation: “The problem on my car was to do with the fuel system - it was fine on the installation lap but when I boxed we had a small fire under the engine cover. The fire was out immediately, but we knew it couldn’t be fixed in time to run in FP2.”