Pitlane start for Ericsson

Date published: September 6 2014

Caterham driver Marcus Ericsson will start the Italian GP from the pitlane following a violation of rules during FP3.

The Swede qualified P22 at Monza on Saturday, but he was handed a penalty post qualifying after he failed to slow for double yellow flags at Turn 3 during the final practice session.

The incident took place after Force India’s Sergio Perez stopped at Curva Grande.

Since he cannot be demoted down the grid, he will have to start from the pitlane while he was also handed three penalty points to his licence, taking him to five for the 12-month period.

Ericsson is still determined to have a good race come Sunday.

“This morning in FP3 we had a small problem with the engine before the performance run, so we didn’t get to do a proper run on the Option tyres and therefore we went into qualifying a bit blind, unfortunately,” he said.

“Everything worked fine in the afternoon, but we struggled to get the most out of the car. We need to look at the data tonight and see where we can improve compared to Kamui [Kobayashi]. I’m disappointed with the result but we will certainly fight back tomorrow! ”

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