Ericsson: The day went exactly to plan
1 March 2014 – Formula 1 rookie Marcus Ericsson was left in a positive frame of mind after his Caterham team experienced its most constructive day of the pre-season period to date at the Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday.
The Swede, at the wheel of the CT05 for the final time before his maiden Grand Prix, bounced back from gremlins earlier in the week to rack up the most mileage of those in action, circulating a total of 117 times.
He was also on target to pull off the first race simulation for a Renault-powered car in the morning session, but a stoppage for Marussia rival Jules Bianchi meant that his final stint came to a slightly premature end.
"I'm very pleased we finished off my pre-season tests with so many laps and I want to thank the team for working so hard last night to fix the car after the problems we had yesterday," said 23-year-old Ericsson.
"The day went exactly to plan – we started with a few short runs to go through some setup options, and then ran very nearly a whole race simulation, including stops, which was just what we wanted to do today.
"Without the red flag before lunch we'd have finished the whole distance, but the fact the car ran faultlessly all afternoon showed we'd have finished a race mileage and that's very good news for the start of the season."
Ericsson's team-mate, Kamui Kobayashi, will bring the final test to a close for Caterham on Sunday.