Ericsson penalised, will start Monaco GP from pit lane

© AP, 24 May 2014
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Marcus Ericsson will start the Monaco Grand Prix from the pit lane after causing a collision with Felipe Massa's Williams during qualifying on Saturday.

The incident happened during the Q1 phase as Ericsson tried to pass the Brazilian on the inside of the Mirabeau turn and, even though he seemed to have enough room, lost control and both cars hit the barriers.

"On my final push lap I was behind Massa going into Turn 5 and he moved offline a bit which meant I had to change my braking point," explained Ericsson, who had been struggling with traction since final practice. "I locked up and went into the barrier with him which was my mistake. It's unfortunate it took him out too."

Massa, who joined Williams from Ferrari last year, was tenth best in Q1, but he had to return to the pits and was subsequently ruled out of Q2.

"I did everything I could... but at the end Ericsson hit me and that ruined my qualifying," Massa said. "I was hopeful for a good position 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."

In a separate incident, Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat was given a reprimand when he was ruled to have impeded the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado at Turn 19 during Q1.


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