Marcus Ericsson: “The most important is that I am alright”

Marcus Ericsson - Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

Marcus Ericsson admitted he was sore after his final practice crash at Silverstone on Saturday morning, with the Swede apologising to his Sauber F1 Team mechanics for giving them a lot of work to do to get his car ready for Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

Ericsson was taken to hospital as a precaution following his crash on the exit of Stowe Corner midway through the session, with the Swede admitting it was his own mistake in running wide on the corner’s exit that caused the crash that damaged all four corners of his car.

Should the stewards at Silverstone allow him to race, Ericsson will start from the pit lane on Sunday with a brand new chassis.

“It was obviously a huge accident,” said Ericsson. “I went a bit too wide on the kerb in Turn 15 and touched the grass, which was a bit wet. I lost the car and this was followed by a big impact with the barriers.

“I went to the medical centre, but, because of the impact, they wanted to send me to hospital. Many check-ups have been done and things are looking good. I am feeling a bit sore, but everything else is ok.

“It is obviously disappointing that I was not able to participate in qualifying, but the most important is that I am alright. I apologise to my car crew that I have caused them a lot of work.”