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Ericsson Praises ‘Strength of the car’ after Heavy Crash at Monza

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Marcus Ericsson - Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team
Credit: Sauber Motorsport AG

An apparent failure of the Drag Reduction System was the cause of Marcus Ericsson’s high speed crash at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, leaving the Swedish driver on the back foot for the rest of the Italian Grand Prix weekend.

The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team driver completed only eleven laps in the morning session in tricky conditions caused by heavy rain both before and during the session, but it was dry for the afternoon session, but the first flying lap of the session saw his DRS fail to close as he approached the first chicane, which turned him sharply into the wall and into a wild ride that involved two rolls.

Luckily the Swede was unharmed and was able to get out of the car under his own steam before being taken to the medical centre, where he was checked over and promptly released and cleared to drive for the rest of the weekend, although the damage to his C37-Ferrari was too big for him to return to the track on Friday.

“The accident I had in FP2 was a big impact – thanks to the strength of the car I am alright,” said Ericsson.  “The team is already working hard to repair the car so that I can be back on track tomorrow.

“I look forward to driving again.”

Team-mate Charles Leclerc also suffered with DRS issues during the session, which required a fix to be done to his car before he was able to attack properly, with the Monegasque racer ending the session up in ninth.

Team Principal Frédéric Vasseur said the team were able to determine what caused the failures for Ericsson and Leclerc, and he expects no further issues with the DRS for the remainder of the weekend.

“First of all, I am happy to say that Marcus is well, which is the most important thing,” said Vasseur.  “We were able to establish the issue that caused the incident at the beginning of FP2.

“There was a problem with his DRS, which stayed open when he hit the brakes at Turn 1. We detected the same issue on Charles’ car shortly after that, and brought it back to the garage immediately to resolve the problem.”

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