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Crashing “part of being a rookie” for Ericsson (VIDEO)

Mar 29, 2014, 6:50 AM EDT

Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson has walked away unscathed following a big crash during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix today, with the Swedish driver admitting that crashes are part and parcel of being a rookie in Formula 1.

Ericsson made his debut at the Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago, but he failed to finish due to an oil pressure problem. After an encouraging Friday practice in Malaysia yesterday, he was faced with a fresh challenge on Saturday as heavy rain meant that qualifying took place on a wet track.

Whilst trying to put in a final lap time during Q1, Ericsson ran wide at turn three and spun into the wall. His car then careered back across the track, narrowly avoiding Esteban Gutierrez before coming to rest on the inside of turn four.

“With every lap I was learning more and more and we made a quick stop with a few minutes left to put on another set of inters, but then on the final quick lap I made a mistake in sector one and crashed,” Ericsson explained.

“I’m really sorry for the team. They’ve worked so hard all weekend on the problems we’ve had, and now they have another huge job ahead of them to prepare the car for tomorrow, but I know they’ll keep pushing and we’ll all come back fighting tomorrow.

“This has been another big lesson for me – my first wet running in F1, my first Q1 on inters and my first big off – it’s all part of being a rookie in F1 and I will learn from every single thing that happens.”

The Swedish driver will start tomorrow’s race from 22nd place on the grid behind teammate Kamui Kobayashi and Marussia’s Max Chilton.

  1. worknman24hours - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Ericsson was trying to get the darty Caterham to respond to his inputs as best as he could.

    Being a rookie, he has only so much time to make the team see he is the future of the team so backing out won’t gain him any friends.

    But as he wrestles the car around the corner he is shifting as he goes.

    The problems are that he is not following the preexisting dry line made by the other cars and he shifts up into sixth and he gets a powertrain hand over of power from the turbo spin up to the actual engine power from the turbo kicking in at full song .

    This causes the rear tires to spin on the left and the right side tires simply pushes the front end that is running over a wet track directly left off the track.

    If Ericsson had delayed his shift to sixth and used the engine rev limiter to ease the power off the rear tires he might have well made the corner.

    The bottom line here is like Matchett said, he wasn’t in control of the direction of the car from the time the car came ins screen.

    But had Ericsson been riving a standard V-8 or V-10 naturally aspirated motored racing car he may well have made the turn too.

    Hard to fight a motor giving you full power right at the wrong time.

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