Having suffered a major crash in the final practice session for the British GP, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson says he is feeling “alright” and wants to be cleared to race.
Ericsson lost control of his Sauber on the exit of Stowe corner having run a bit wide on the wet astroturf, which then sent him into a spin across the track and into the tyre barrier completely destroying the C35’s chassis.
The Swede was sent to an Oxford hospital for precautionary checks before he returned to the circuit having missed qualifying.
“It was obviously a huge accident, I went a bit too wide on the kerb in Turn 15 and touched the grass, which was a bit wet,” Ericsson said.
“I lost the car and this was followed by a big impact with the barriers. I went to the medical centre, but, because of the impact, they wanted to send me to hospital.
“Many check-ups have been done and things are looking good. I am feeling a bit sore, but everything else is OK.
“It is obviously disappointing that I was not able to participate in qualifying, but the most important is that I am alright.
“I apologise to my car crew that I have caused them a lot of work.”
Despite Ericsson not having set a lap time in qualifying, the Stewards will allow him to start tomorrow’s race as he set practice lap times within 107% of the qualifying time.
However, the final say whether Ericsson will race remains with the chief medical officer, who will carry out a final examination before making his verdict.
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