Maldonado risked eliminating both of us - Ericsson

By on Sunday, May 11, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Marcus Ericsson says that Pastor Maldonado risked eliminating both of them during the opening lap of the Spanish Grand Prix.

Maldonado ran over the kerb at turn 11 and hit Ericsson, forcing both onto the grass and dropping the Swede to last place.

Ericsson eventually finished the race in 20th place.

"I was pleased with how I got off the line and was with Kamui [Kobayashi] in 19th but then Maldonado hit me pretty hard as he tried to pass going into turn 13. His move risked putting both of us out of the race, but luckily the car was okay and I was able to continue, even though that had put me back to 22nd.

"My pace in the early laps was ok but the car balance wasn’t great so I couldn’t really do anything to stay with [Max] Chilton who’d got past when Maldonado made contact with me. In the high speed corners it was understeering too much but it was the opposite in the low speed turns, oversteering a lot which, combined, meant I just couldn’t push anywhere."

"We did a long stint on the second set of mediums, pushing them to lap 40 when we made the second stop, switching to a set of new hards to run to the flag. From that point my focus was just making sure I could get to the end and bring a tough race weekend to a close."

Maldonado was given a five second stop and go penalty, as well as one penalty point, for causing the collision.

Maldonado now has four penalty points.


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