22nd June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson says blue flags cost him time at the Austrian Grand Prix.
At a short track like the Red Bull Ring backmarkers are shown blue flags often, which can hinder their races.
“The car felt good and within a few laps I had the gap down to around three seconds, but then the blue flags really kicked in and cost me a lot of time.” Ericsson said.
“They’re obviously part of the race, especially for us, and even though they make life even more tough, particularly on a small track like this, it’s still something I’m learning.”
The rookie felt his performance had improved since the start of the year.
“We’re nearly halfway through the season and I’m definitely improving, and I’ll take that as another lesson” he said.
“without that I think it would have been a much better fight to the flag, but 18th is still ok, especially considering where we were in FP1 and FP2.”
Kamui Kobayashi, who finished 16th behind Jules Bianchi, praised the team for the work they put in on Friday, which allowed him to pull away during the early stages of the race.
“Our reliability has been much better this weekend and the setup change we made on Friday night paid dividends again today as I was pretty easily able to pass the lead Marussia and pull away early in the race.” he said.
“From where we were on Friday, and in the last couple of races, that’s a good sign and we know we can improve again at Silverstone so I’m already hungry to get back and fight again there.”