Marcus Ericsson just missed out on points in the Spanish Grand Prix, finishing eleventh for his best result of the season, but was disappointed that he couldn’t follow his team-mate’s lead in finishing inside the top ten.
The Sauber F1 Team driver felt he was compromised by the timing of the Virtual Safety Car to allow marshals to recover Stoffel Vandoorne’s stricken McLaren from the gravel at turn one, with the Swede having just pitted just prior to its introduction.
Ericsson was happy that Pascal Wehrlein could secure points for the team in eighth, but he is hoping his own luck turns around soon so he can secure his first top ten finish since the Italian Grand Prix back in 2015.
“For me personally I felt good in the race, but I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Ericsson. “My pit stop just finished once the virtual safety car phase started, so I lost some time there. It is not going my way at the moment.
“Nevertheless, huge congratulations to the whole team – to everyone here at the track and also in the factory. Today we have been rewarded for the hard work – it is great for the team that Pascal scored four points. Overall it is nice achievement.”