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First Lap Contact Leaves Ericsson on Back Foot in Hungarian Grand Prix

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Marcus Ericsson - Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team - Hungaroring
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Marcus Ericsson was left to reflect on a difficult afternoon for him and his Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team outfit as he finished fifteenth in the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Swedish driver lost positions on the first lap after first corner contact with Daniel Ricciardo saw him catch a little bit of air, and despite a pit stop gamble to switch to the Medium tyres on lap six under the virtual safety car, he was unable to make much progress through the field, finishing ahead only of the two Williams Martini Racing drivers.

“It was a difficult race,” said Ericsson.  “I lost positions after the collision on the first lap and fell to the back of the grid. From there on, it was a difficult race.

“I tried to overtake the cars ahead, but it is quite tricky on a track like this. When the safety car came out early on during the race, we decided to box and change to medium tyres. It was a good move, and we managed to gain a few positions back. Unfortunately, not much more was possible.”

Ericsson has one day in the C37-Ferrari this week in the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test as he looks to analyse on what went wrong in the race before he and the rest of the Formula 1 paddock head into their summer break.

“Overall, it was not a great race for us, but we will analyse it and come back stronger,” said Ericsson.  “I have a day of testing ahead this week and will head into the summer break after that.

“I look forward to having some time to review the season so far, and to come back even stronger.”

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