24th, May 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Marcus Ericsson has admitted responsibility for his incident with Felipe Massa at the end of Q1.
The Caterham driver locked up, driving in front of Felipe Massa in the process causing them both to make contact with the barriers.
Massa was then stranded on the circuit and despite being fast enough to get through to Q2 he was unable to take part in the session as he couldn't get the car back to the garage in time.
Ericsson is under investigation by the stewards for the incident but it isn’t yet clear what the decision is.
“On my final push lap I was behind Massa going into turn five and he moved offline a bit which meant I had to change my braking point.” Ericsson said.
“I locked up and went into the barrier with him which was my mistake. It’s unfortunate it took him out too but it looks like the car is ok so now I want to put today behind me and concentrate on the race.”
Ericsson qualified 22nd in Monaco and said traffic and a lap of grip prevented him from pushing.
“I had the same traction problem in Q1, even though the track temps had gone up from FP3 – I didn’t have enough grip to really push and with quite a few cars slowing down in the last sector I just couldn’t put together a clean lap.”
Teammate Kamui Kobayashi qualified 21st after a difficult weekend so far.
“It’s fair to say it’s been a pretty tough weekend so far but tomorrow’s what really counts and if the weather forecasts are right and there might be rain, anything could happen.” said Kobayashi.
“I’m just focused on doing the best job I can and even though it’s difficult for us right now, everyone’s still working as hard as ever – hopefully we’ll get some reward in the race.”