19th July, 2014 (F1Plus / Rosie Baillie) - A hydraulic leak put Marcus Ericsson out of qualifying for the German Grand Prix.
The issue first struck towards the end of FP3 and Caterham were unable to fix the issue before the start of qualifying.
Ericsson missed the session and will start last on the grid.
“we had a hydraulics issue with about 15 minutes left of the session (FP3) so I didn’t have a chance to do a performance run,” Ericsson said.
“Unfortunately that problem, confirmed by Renault Sport F1 as a hydraulic leak from the throttle, meant I couldn’t run in qualifying which is obviously disappointing.”
The Swedish driver expects that their performance during tomorrow’s race will be an improvement on recent races.
“Even with the problem today I think we’ll be ok tomorrow and I still think it could an improvement on the last few Grands Prix for us.” said Ericsson.
“Overall the car has felt better here and if we can have a clean race I want to make it the first of what I hope is better races for the whole team.”
Teammate Kamui Kobayashi qualified 20th and felt he’d got the maximum out of the car.
“I think I got as much as I could out of the car,” Kobayashi said. “the balance did go to oversteer in the final sector and by the end of the lap the tyre deg had kicked in and I was struggling with the rear so I couldn’t find any more time.”