6th June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - FP2 came to an early end for Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson when he lost transmission.
The Swede was forced to pull off the track and leave the CT05 at the run-off are at Turn 3.
“after 13 laps and on my second run I lost transmission and had to pull over.” Ericsson said.
“That was the end of the session which is obviously not ideal but with 33 laps this morning and another 13 in FP2 it’s not been too bad a day.”
Caterham made changes to the car before FP2 but were forced to return to the morning’s setup as it didn’t feel like an improvement.
“The track was very green for the first couple of runs and the car was sliding around a lot and I was having problems optimising the braking” he said.
“it was like driving on ice, but we made a few setup changes and those, combined with the rubber going down throughout the session, meant that the grip levels had improved by the end of the first session.”
“We made quite a few changes over lunch to improve the balance but on the first run of FP2 it didn’t feel like a positive step so for run two we went back to a similar setup to that we’d had before lunch.”
GP2 driver and Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi replaced Kamui Kobayashi during FP1 in Canada and put in 27 laps.
The American driver said he enjoyed it and is looking forward to seeing how the car develops between now and when he next drives it in Austin.
“It was my first time driving a 2014 car on track and I have to say it was very different to the 2013 car, but I enjoyed it.” Rossi said.
“the focus for me today was helping the team establish a baseline setup and starting to try a few options and I’m pleased with how it went.”
“My next run in the F1 car is in Austin and it’ll be really interesting to see how the car develops between then and now.”