Marcus Ericsson claimed his third scoring finish in as many races for the Sauber team, coming home ninth in the Italian Grand Prix to pull his team two points closer to Toro Rosso in the constructors' table.

Despite having been sent back three places from his original qualifying position after the stewards decided there was a case to answer for blocking Nico Hulkenberg early in the session, Ericsson regained a couple of spots at them start and remained in the points throughout the afternoon.

"I was pleased with my start and first lap, and we were expecting to fight against our direct competitors here," the Swede commented, "Throughout the race, I had a good pace, therefore, I was able to pressure Nico [H?lkenberg] for the whole race distance in what was surely one of the strongest races so far this year."

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Having chased Hulkenberg for so long, however, Ericsson proved unable to get quite close enough to pass the Force India driver, and then fell into the clutches of Daniel Ricciardo, who seized the opportunity to demote the Sauber at the very last turn.

"Obviously, it is frustrating having lost a position in the very last corner on the last lap, but I pushed my tyres a bit too much trying to overtake Nico, so then I was not able to defend against Daniel," he admitted, "It was a bitter sweet ending to a strong race..."