Ericsson: Bahrain should suit Caterham

By on Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Marcus Ericsson reckons that the characteristics of the Bahrain circuit should suit Caterham more than the Sepang circuit which hosted last weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Ericsson secured his first Formula 1 finish in Malaysia courtesy of 14th place and the Swede reckons the team can enjoy a competitive outing this weekend in Bahrain, so long as they avoid the reliability issues which have so far affected the CT05.

"I left Malaysia feeling pleased that I’d finished my first full race, and excited about what we achieved on Sunday at Sepang," he said. "It was tough – even though we’d completed quite a few laps on Friday and Saturday, we still went into the race without an optimised setup due to the issues we had on Friday and the work we had to do overnight to rebuild the car on Saturday and Sunday, so the most important thing in Bahrain is to have a trouble free weekend.

"Also, the Bahrain circuit characteristics should suit our car better than Sepang so we may be stronger here than in Malaysia, relative to the competition."

Ericsson also believes that the two pre-season tests that have taken place in Bahrain will help the teams this weekend.

"I obviously know the Bahrain circuit well after the tests and, like Malaysia, that means we can get on with the program right from the first laps in FP1," he said.

"We have a lot of data that’s helping us go to the race with a much clearer idea of where we want to go with setup than we’ve had in either Australia or Malaysia, but it would also be really helpful if we can have the sort of reliability we had in the second pre-season test – mileage is what will help us unlock the full performance of this year’s car, and I know how hard both Renault and our team are working to make sure we can do that."

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