Marcus Ericsson: “At the end I was just a passenger”


Marcus Ericsson - Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

Marcus Ericsson was disappointed to crash out of the Brazilian Grand Prix on lap twelve on Sunday, becoming one of a number of drivers to lose control after aquaplaning in the extremely difficult conditions.

The Swede found himself out of control on the run up the hill after an early gamble on Intermediate tyres, spinning out and hitting the outside barrier before freewheeling across the track to stop with his deranged Sauber F1 Team car on the pit lane.

Despite his retirement, Ericsson was happy that team-mate Felipe Nasr finally secured the teams first points of the season, a result that moves them ahead of the Manor Racing MRT team in the Constructors’ Championship.

“It was a very disappointing end to this wet race for me,” said Ericsson. “The conditions on track were very difficult. I lost the car going up the hill on the way to the start-finish-line, because of standing water on the track – at the end I was just a passenger. I am very disappointed.

“However, Felipe did a great job today scoring two very important points for us. This is great for everyone in the team. I will fight back at the final race of the season at the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.”