For the second race weekend on the trot, Caterham emerged ahead of their nearest rivals, Marussia, in another tight scrap at the back of the field.
Marcus Ericsson drove what he described as ‘one of the best’ races of his career to finish fifteenth, while teammate Kamui Kobayashi’s frustrations continued after his car stopped with a terminal failure on the warm-up lap.
“What a frustrating way to end the race weekend here in Singapore,” Kobayashi said after his early bath.
“During the formation lap, all of a sudden I felt no power and then it smelt as if something was burning. Then I suddenly lost the brakes so I decided to stop the car because it was dangerous and I had nothing to do. I was really looking forward to this race and it’s a shame not to have been able to get out there and fight, but this happens sometimes in motorsport, unfortunately.”
It was huge smiles on the other side of the garage, with Marcus Ericsson surviving his first Singapore Grand Prix with his first outright defeat of both Marussias. The Swede had a tense final dozen laps, warding off a stern late-race attack from Jules Bianchi who was on fresher tyres.
“What a race! One of the best of my season so far, I have no doubt about it,” he beamed afterwards.
“I’m very pleased and happy for the whole team – this result is a great way of saying thank you for all the hard work and effort they put in yesterday. We can be very happy as we beat our closest rivals fair and square after having struggled quite a lot to keep up with them this weekend. We maximised our performance today. We followed a great strategy and I didn’t make any mistakes. I’m very pleased but we have to carry on working as hard as ever in order to build on this and make progress every race.
“We decided to stay out on the Prime tyres and I knew that Bianchi was going to catch me as he pitted in front of me, so I prepared myself as best as possible for the final four laps. I managed the tyres well and kept him behind. A great effort!”
Despite the weekend not starting very promisingly, Team Principal Manfredi Ravetto was very happy to have ended his first weekend at the helm with a solid result.
“It’s ended up being a very positive weekend here in Singapore. We’ve managed to beat Sauber from a reliability point of view as well as beating Marussia out on track for the second race weekend in a row.
We are definitely on our way up,” he added. “I would like to thank every single member of the team, both here on track and back at the factory in Leafield – we’ve all worked very hard and I am proud of the whole team.”
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