Ericsson takes blame for early Malaysian GP exit


After a double points score in Australia, the Sauber F1 Team had a disappointing Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, with Felipe Nasr finishing outside the points in twelfth, while Marcus Ericsson spun out early as he attempted to make early inroads on those drivers ahead of him.

Nasr was forced to pit just before the safety car came out to clear Ericsson’s car from the gravel trap to change his front wing after clipping the back of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari at the end of the opening lap, and then had a relatively quiet race to finish twelfth, unable to match his exploits of his debut in Australia.

“It was overall a difficult weekend for me,” revealed Nasr. “I was struggling to find a good set-up for the car. We need to reflect and understand why we didn’t have enough pace.

“The race itself was not easy, as I had contact early on with Kimi (Raikkonen). I should have avoided this incident, but it can happen sometimes when we are racing.”

Team-mate Ericsson was disappointed to end what had been his most impressive weekend of his Formula 1 career to date in the gravel trap after an optimistic move on the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg went wrong. Despite this he remains positive and will aim for an even stronger weekend in two weeks time in China.

“It is a very frustrating end to a good weekend,” reflected Ericsson. “I felt comfortable in the car straight away and had a good start during which I could make up one position.

“Nico (Hulkenberg) must have had a good start as he was ahead of me, but I felt I had more pace than he did. When I tried to pass him down to Turn 1, I went for the move to the outside. I know it is possible to overtake there, but unfortunately I lost the rear, went off and got stuck in the gravel trap.

“Anyway, we need to take the positives out of this weekend, and I have learned from what happened in the race. In China we will be even stronger.”