Ericsson hoping for high retirement rate

By on Monday, May 19, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Marcus Ericsson believes that this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix could provide Caterham with an opportunity to move up the championship table.

The Swedish rookie - who claimed a best of 14th in Malaysia earlier this year - reckons the traditional high retirement rate at Monte Carlo could give Caterham a chance of claiming a good result.

"As a rookie Monaco is obviously one of the races you’re most excited about, and I’m no different," he said. "I obviously have a lot of experience of racing there in GP2, I finished on the podium in 2012 with iSport, but racing F1 cars around Monaco is one of the things I’ve dreamed about ever since I first wanted to be in F1, and I can’t wait to get started."

"It’s about giving ourselves the best chance to take advantage of anything that happens on track in qualifying and the race so that means making every lap count on Friday and Saturday.

"It’s almost inevitable that there will be a higher retirement rate than we’ve seen in the last couple of races, and that may give us a chance, but we need to be there when it counts and that’s what I want to focus on."

Team-mate Kamui Kobayashi added that it's a race which gives Caterham the chance to achieve 'something special'.

"Monaco’s also one of the shortest tracks of the year, and because it’s not a really high speed circuit it’s one where the gap to the cars ahead is always less," he said.

"That’s obviously good for us as one of the smaller teams as it means we have a better chance to do something special and I think it would be a fair reward for us to have something to celebrate after a couple of tough last races."

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