Ericsson admits crash was driver error

Saturday 29th March 2014

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Ericsson admits crash was driver error

Ericsson admits crash was driver error

With his first-ever F1 outing in the rain ending in the barriers, for Marcus Ericsson it was a lesson well learnt.

Ericsson compounded Caterham's many woes on Saturday afternoon when he crashed out of qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Lapping in the rain for the first time ever, the Caterham rookie admits he "made a mistake" which put him onto the wet grass and into the barriers.

His crash brought a premature end to Q1 for all the drivers with Ericsson finishing slowest of all, eight-tenths behind his team-mate Kamui Kobayashi who qualified P20.

"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," Ericsson explained.

"It didn't start too well with the car cutting out while I was waiting in the pitlane, 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 - that was pretty interesting I have to say!

"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 happens."

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