The Stewards have penalised Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson after his collision with Felipe Massa in this afternoon’s first qualifying session at the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Number 9 Caterham car – which qualified last – will now be required to start the race from the pit lane and has been awarded two penalty points, the first two for the current 12 month period. The penalty was awarded under Article 16.1 of the FIA Formula One Sporting regulations, specifically for “causing a collision”.
The incident, which occurred on Turn 5 of the Monaco circuit during Q1, was due to Ericsson locking up his brakes as he approached the turn.
“On my final push lap I was behind Massa going into turn five and he moved offline a bit which meant I had to change my braking point,” he said.
“I locked up and went into the barrier with him which was my mistake. It’s unfortunate it took him out too but it looks like the car is ok so now I want to put today behind me and concentrate on the race.”
The incident did damage Felipe Massa’s car quite significantly however, significantly reducing his chances tomorrow during a race where qualifying is critical.
“I did everything I could in the first session but at the end Ericsson hit me and that ruined my qualifying,” was the Brazilian’s frank comment.
“I was hopeful for a good position today as the car actually felt ok; it would have been a fight to get into the top ten, not easy, but possible. I am disappointed and tomorrow is going to be a challenge but with this car points are still possible.”
Given Massa’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas qualified in 13th, a top ten result may very well have been possible.
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