BARCELONA, 11th May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Following a difficult weekend in Spain, Marcus Ericsson said the updates Caterham brought to the race didn’t work as hoped.
“I think it’s fair to say that our updates for this weekend didn’t work as we hoped, so we have fallen behind the Marussia’s as it is at the moment.” Ericsson told F1Plus.
The Swede said his pace was good at the beginning of the race but the cars balance meant he was unable to keep up with rival Max Chilton and finished 20th.
My pace in the early laps was ok but the car balance wasn’t great so I couldn’t really do anything to stay with Chilton who’d got past when Maldonado made contact with me.”
“In the high speed corners it was understeering too much but it was the opposite in the low speed turns, oversteering a lot which, combined, meant I just couldn’t push anywhere.”
Caterham struggled all weekend and their main rivals Marussia repeatedly performed better than the Leafield based team.
Ericsson told F1Plus that he felt their rivals had taken a step forward and Caterham hadn’t been able to match that.
“Overall it’s been a disappointing weekend because the pace hasn’t been there as we should have.” he said.
“It seemed like Marussia have taken a step forward and we haven’t taken a big step forward. We seem to be struggling a bit more.”
“We could see really in qualifying yesterday Chilton was was quicker than us and today in the race I couldn’t really fight with the Marussia’s.”
During the opening laps of the race Pastor Maldonado made contact with Ericsson, which resulted in him dropping to the back of the grid. The Swede said the move could have ended both of their races.
“His move risked putting both of us out of the race, but luckily the car was ok and I was able to continue, even though that had put me back to 22nd.” said Ericsson.
Teammate Kamui Kobayashi was forced to retire when his front left brake failed.
“on lap 44 I had a pretty scary moment going into turn one when the left front brake failed and I was just able to keep the car out of the wall.” Kobayashi said.