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Ericsson losing half a second in weight to F1 team-mate

Marcus Ericsson says he struggles to match Kamui Kobayashi's pace because he is losing half a second a lap in weight alone
Marcus Ericsson has revealed he is losing half a second per lap to team-mate Kamui Kobayashi in weight alone.

Driver weights have been the focus of much attention this season as the new regulations have led to much heavier cars and teams struggling to get down to the minimum weight of 691kg. Speaking about his relationship with team-mate Kamui Kobayashi at the end of testing in Bahrain, Ericsson confirmed to Crash.net that he was struggling to match Kobayashi's pace because of his weight.

“The problem is that he's 10kg lighter than me, so for me to be able to match his times is so difficult because I have half a second every lap which I'm losing just because of the weight,” Ericsson said.

“So it makes life difficult. We're working all the time to try and make the car lighter as well so it's a constant work for us, but it's for sure a bit frustrating that you're not only a rookie but you have 10kg too much over a lap.”

Asked if the car was running over the weight limit, Ericsson confirmed that was one area Caterham has to make progress.

“I don't know how much exactly but I know both cars are over the limit, and obviously he's 10kg lighter than me so my car will be quite a lot over the limit. It's losing us a lot of lap time, which is a shame.”

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April 10, 2014 1:49 PM
Last Edited 189 days ago

bob jane: Marcus is right ,bigger frame drivers need to compensated to make f1 a level playing field for the drivers...skeletons racing cars is ludicious,,,Webber was about 8 to 10 to kilos heavier than Seb,that cost him speed while they were team mates.......
Mark ran Seb close but are you seriously saying that caused Seb to win four titles and Mark none (or he haw as they say in Glasgow)? The weight regs for the last few years are different to this year.

bob jane

April 10, 2014 2:12 PM

I am saying his size was a issue,,, even 500th sec a lap of sec is huge difference over a 60/70 laps race and Mark was compromised by his weight and frame in the redbull, newey builds compact cars....l am not saying he was a better driver than Seb or taking anything away from sebs titles..., l beleive Mark would of won a lot more races if he was smaller.

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