SILVERSTONE, 6th July 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Marcus Ericsson had the best start of his Formula One career at the British Grand Prix when he moved up to 16th place from 21st.
“I had a fantastic start, my best of the year so far, and passed several cars on the outside of turn one, so by the time the red flag came out I was up to 16th, five places up from where I’d started.” he said.
Unfortunately he wasn't able to capitalise on his strong start and was forced to retire with suspension damage a few laps after the restart.
“going into turn six I hit something in the kerbs that smashed my suspension and that was the end of the race.”
“It’s a shame that we had a DNF today as, even though quali didn’t go to plan, the weekend for me has been ok and I wanted a good race today, but now it’s on to Hockenheim, a track I’ve always liked racing at.”
Teammate Kamui Kobayashi said that going across the grass to avoid colliding with Kimi Raikkonen damaged his car and hurt downforce.
In the process of swerving to avoid Raikkonen’s Ferrari, Kobayashi damaged the nose of his Caterham and lost downforce.
“My start was ok and I was ahead of a couple of cars but then saw the Ferrari impact and had to go way off track to avoid hitting him. I made it through almost without any issues – there was a bit of damage to the nose but nothing else we could see then, so we were fine to restart.” he explained.
“The car did feel very different to how it was when I started – the aero balance had changed and it was clear we’d lost some downforce, almost certainly from the rallying I had to do, but I kept going as hard as I could.”
The Japanese driver said he wasn’t close enough to Jules Bianchi to catch him and his focus was on bringing his CT05 home.
“They felt really good but from that point it was pretty much a race on my own – the pack ahead was too far down the road for me to catch and I only had Chilton a long way behind me so I just focused on bringing the car home.” said Kobayashi.