13 April 2015
F1 Chinese Grand Prix: Ericsson hoped for better race pace
Marcus Ericsson reckons he could have scored more points in the F1 Chinese Grand Prix had his Sauber been able to work its Pirelli tyres a little better.
Marcus Ericsson found himself in the thick of the midfield action at the Chinese Grand Prix, but believed he could have done better than his eventual tenth place.
The Swede inherited the final point-scoring position upon Max Verstappen's late race retirement but, before that, had enjoyed a spirited battle with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo as the Australian attempted to recover from a sluggish start. With their varied schedules, and a mistake from Ricciardo shortly after passing the Sauber first time around, the pair found themselves together on track no fewer than four times min the 56-lap race.
Ericsson did not make life easy for the three-time grand prix winner, but Ricciardo eventually found a move that stuck somewhere between turns one – where the initial attack began – and turn four, before pulling away to seal what eventually became ninth position.
Having started tenth after making his second incursion into the pole position shoot-out this season, Ericsson found himself filling the same position on the results sheet, but regretted not being able to extract more from his C34-Ferrari after running the option tyre for his first two stints.
“First of all, this is another great achievement for the team,” he said of Sauber's double points finish with team-mate Felipe Nasr in eighth spot, “Our target was to get both cars into the points, and in the end we managed to achieve that objective.
“My race, however, was quite tough - with a lot of fights all through it. I hoped our race pace would have been a bit stronger, but I was struggling a bit to get the front tyres to work properly, so I could not maintain the pace the way I wanted to. Nevertheless, there were some great fights out there and I think I had a good race. I am really happy to have finished in the points.”
With two top ten finishes now on his resume, Ericsson heads to Bahrain this weekend looking to build further on a strong start to 2015.
“With a strong package and after the good result in China, we need to build on that and continue to fight for points,” he confirmed, “I'm looking forward to the first night race of the season and feel confident we will be able to be competitive there. I am looking forward to another good race weekend.”
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