Marcus Ericsson: “I could not avoid sliding into the barriers”

Marcus Ericsson retired from the Monaco Grand Prix on lap 63 after crashing at St Devote - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Marcus Ericsson revealed that he was unable to avoid crashing into the barriers during the safety car period in the Monaco Grand Prix as he struggled with the combination of cold tyres and overheating brakes.

The Sauber F1 Team racer had just been released to un-lap himself and join the back of the pack, but was unable to negotiate St Devote, hitting the barriers nose-first, ending his afternoon.

It has already been a difficult weekend for the Swede, with his team being well off the pace compared to everyone else, but until his retirement, he felt the race was going relatively well.

“It has been a very tough weekend from the start to the end,” said Ericsson. “With the pace we have had this weekend, the race was decent from my side.

“Unfortunately, I then had some issues with the brakes overheating behind the safety car. I tried to bring the brake temperature down, but at the same time I had to keep the tyres in the right working window.

“The combination of overheating brakes and cold tyres made me struggle a lot to stop the car, so I could not avoid sliding into the barriers.”