Marcus Ericsson has vowed to ‘come back fighting’ after a crash during Qualifying today.
The Swede got onto the white lines at the exit of turn 3, helplessly spinning into the gravel, hitting the barrier and spinning back onto the track, into the path of Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez who narrowly missed the out-of-control Caterham.
Reflecting on Qualifying, Ericsson pointed out that he had never driven in wet conditions before: “The rain started before quali and we went into the delayed session knowing we’d start on a wet track. That was my first ever wet running in F1, in any session, so from the first lap it was all a new experience for me.
“With every lap I was learning more and more,” he continued. “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 happens.”
The team was forced to work on Ericsson’s car last night when an oil leak was discovered after second practice. They were also tasked with stripping and rebuilding Kamui Kobayashi’s car after he suffered an Energy Recovery System (ERS) failure. To read about the action packed Qualifying session this morning, click here.
Image courtesy Caterham F1 Team.