Ericsson: Crashes part of rookie life

By on Saturday, March 29, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Marcus Ericsson has apologised to his Caterham team but accepts that crashes are part of being a rookie after he lost control of his CT05 during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Ericsson dipped a wheel on the white line exiting turn three in wet conditions and collided with the barrier, damaging his car and causing Q1 to be red flagged.

"That was my first ever wet running in Formula 1, in any session, so from the first lap it was all a new experience for me," he said.

"It didn’t start too well with the car cutting out while I was waiting in the pit lane, but we fired it up again in the garage and I rejoined right in the middle of a pack of cars on their first Q1 quick laps."

"With every lap I was learning more and more and we made a quick stop with a few minutes left to put on another set of inters, but then on the final quick lap I made a mistake in sector one and crashed. I’m really sorry for the team. They’ve worked so hard all weekend on the problems we’ve had, and now they have another huge job ahead of them to prepare the car for tomorrow, but I know they’ll keep pushing and we’ll all come back fighting tomorrow.

"This has been another big lesson for me – my first wet running in F1, my first Q1 on inters and my first big off – it’s all part of being a rookie in F1 and I will learn from every single thing that happen."

Ericsson will start the race from the back of the grid.

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