Marcus Ericsson: “It is certainly frustrating to not get into Q2”


Marcus Ericsson - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Marcus Ericsson was both happy and disappointed in equal measures after missing out on making it through to the second part of qualifying by just 0.046 seconds on Saturday afternoon.

The Swede will start the Monaco Grand Prix down in seventeenth on the grid after the Sauber F1 Team driver was knocked out of Q2 in the closing moments of qualifying by the Renault of Kevin Magnussen.

Ericsson now looks ahead to Sunday’s race knowing the team will have to take any chance that comes their way if the Sauber team are to secure their first points of a so-far disappointing and troubled 2016 Formula 1 season.

“It was a decent qualifying,” reflected Ericsson. “On one hand I was very close to Q2, but on the other it is certainly frustrating to not get into Q2 when the gap is that tight.

“I am satisfied with my driving and it felt like a good lap that was close to the edge. In terms of the balance of the car, we made some adjustments from FP3 to qualifying, which felt good.

“For tomorrow, anything can happen here in Monaco during the race, so we need to take any chances we are offered.”