Ericsson takes blame for Massa collision
24 May 2014 – Marcus Ericsson has taken the blame for his collision with Felipe Massa during Saturday's qualifying session in Monte-Carlo.
The Caterham driver was on his final timed attempt in Q1 when he approached the slower moving Massa at Mirabeau, leading to him locking up and collecting the Williams man.
"On my final push lap I was behind Massa going into Turn 5 and he moved offline a bit which meant I had to change my braking point," said Ericsson.
"I locked up and went into the barrier with him which was my mistake. It's unfortunate it took him out too but it looks like the car is OK so now I want to put today behind me and concentrate on the race."
Massa, who sarcastically applauded Ericsson from his cockpit, said of the incident: "I can't believe what has happened... I left enough room for him, but he drove into me. There's nothing more to say.
"I had a decent qualifying until then. The result could have been much better."
Massa is set to start tomorrow's race from 16th place, with Ericsson at the back of the grid.