Marcus Ericsson: “A very disappointing end to the race”


Marcus Ericsson - Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

Marcus Ericsson apologised for his part in the collision during the Monaco Grand Prix with his Sauber F1 Team team-mate Felipe Nasr that ultimately saw them both retire.

The duo collided on lap 47 of the race with Ericsson attempting to pass his team-mate at Rascasse, only to hit Nasr and cause damage to both cars, with the Swede earning a three-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix for the incident.

Ericsson was expecting his team-mate to give him track position as he was running faster on track, but after Nasr did not yield, he tried to take matters into his own hands only to cause the Rascasse crash.

“A very disappointing end to the race,” reflected Ericsson. “We had taken a bit of a gamble, so I was first to pit for slicks. It worked out, but it was not ideal as I was caught out by blue flags.

“I had to go off the line and let other drivers pass, which meant I struggled to get the temperatures up in my tyres. When the tyres started to work, I caught Felipe, but got stuck behind him.

“I was told that Felipe received a call via the radio. Then I saw a gap and tried to overtake him, but we all saw what then happened.

“It is a difficult situation for us, and it is even more important to stick together as a team in these times. I apologise, and I am sure that this will not happen again in the future.”