Ericsson handed pit lane start

By on Saturday, May 24, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Marcus Ericsson will start from the pit lane after he was penalised for causing a collision during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Ericsson was on a flying lap during the final moments of Q1 when he made an error at Mirabeau and crashed into the barriers.

The accident also involved Felipe Massa, who was on the outside of the corner allowing Ericsson through.

The Brazilian progressed to Q2 but could not participate due to the damage sustained to his Williams FW36.

"On my final push lap I was behind Massa going into turn five and he moved offline a bit which meant I had to change my braking point," said Ericsson.

"I locked up and went into the barrier with him which was my mistake. It’s unfortunate it took him out too but it looks like the car is OK so now I want to put today behind me and concentrate on the race."

An angry Massa said that the Swede ruined his qualifying.

"I did everything I could in the first session but at the end Ericsson hit me and that ruined my qualifying," he said.

"I was hopeful for a good position today as the car actually felt OK; it would have been a fight to get into the top 10, not easy, but possible."

Ericsson was also awarded two penalty points for the collision - his first transgression of the season.

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