Marcus Ericsson: “It was great to be back in the car today”

Marcus Ericsson - Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

Marcus Ericsson praised his Sauber mechanics for getting him into the British Grand Prix following his heavy crash during free practice on Saturday, but the Swede’s race at Silverstone was over early due to a technical issue.

Ericsson had started the race from the pit lane having been given permission from the stewards to race after passing a medical check-up on Sunday morning, and due to the race starting behind the safety car was able to lose less time that he could have done had they started with the traditional procedure.

However, an electrical issue on his car prevented him from getting too far into the Grand Prix, and he was forced back into the pits and into retirement.

“First of all, I want to say a massive thanks to my car crew for rebuilding my car after the crash yesterday,” said Ericsson. “They did an amazing job.

“It was great to be back in the car today, which was important after such an accident. I felt comfortable in the car.

“It was obviously disappointing that my race did not last long. We had an electrical issue, so I had to retire early in the race. Now we need to look forward to the next race weekend in Budapest.”