22 April 2015
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix: Ericsson points bid scuppered by pit-stop problem
Marcus Ericsson appeared to be on course for a third point-scoring F1 appearance in four grands prix until a sticky left front cost him precious seconds....
Marcus Ericsson admitted before the Bahrain Grand Prix that it would be tough to add to his 2015 F1 points tally, but any hopes the Swede may have harboured disappeared during his second pit-stop.
The Sauber driver started from 13th but, after a fruitful opening lap, was quickly challenging for a place in top ten, maintaining his presence through to lap 25. Having already taken on a new set of soft Pirellis at his first stop and remained in the points positions, Ericsson was confident of doing the same second time around, but a problem with the left front wheel cost him valuable time and ended any chance of a top ten result.
“I had a really good start into the race and, on the first lap, I moved up from 13th to ninth,” he recalled, “In the first and second stints, our lap times were quite strong, keeping up with our direct competitors and we were running as planned, but then unfortunately we had the mistake during the second pit-stop due to a mechanical problem that came up when the crew changed the left front wheel.
“Of course, it is very disappointing, but sometimes this happens in racing. We win together and we lose together but, after that, our race was extremely compromised. However, I still tried to do my best and, during the rest of the race, my pace was good. All in all, we showed a reasonable performance and this is what counts for the next race in Barcelona.”
Requiring one further stop to make the mandatory switch to medium compound tyres, Ericsson eventually came home an unrepresentative 14th.
“Obviously this is a disappointing result,” head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara confirmed, “On Marcus' car, we had a mechanical issue during his second pit-stop when changing the front left wheel, which delayed him by 24 seconds. He was then simply not able to recover from this and couldn't get the points he would have deserved.”
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