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Marcus Ericsson: Same strategy as Massa at the Russian GP

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F elipe Nasr cheered after the race. The Brazilian scored points with 6th place. Teammate Marcus Ericsson looked grumpy. This GP Russia could also have been his race. But it was over after a kilometer through no fault of your own. Ericsson crashed into Nico Hülkenberg's spinning Force India.

The accident from his point of view: 'The start was very good, because I started on the harder tires. I was already turning into the second corner in front of Massa and Maldonado, just behind my team-mate. When I came out of the curve, Felipe dodged to the left, I to the right. And suddenly there was a car in front of me. I only saw the Force India when I was already sitting on it. The Force India was still moving. Unfortunately in my direction. I wanted to steer further to the right, but was already too close to it. No chance to avoid it. We were caught in each other. The damage to my car was closed great to keep going. '

Good on the brakes, better in fast corners

It was one for Ericsson missed opportunity. Nasr had shown that the Sauber had the speed that day to keep up with Red Bull, Lotus and Toro Rosso. The tire wear was also better than expected. Ericsson started the race with an alternative strategy because of his bad starting position. First hard tires, then soft. When braking into the first corner, he was already behind Nasr and in front of Massa.

That only increased the frustration. 'The car was good. Felipe showed it. I also had the same strategy as Massa, who also started on hard tires. And he had a very good race. It's frustrating when everything is over in the first corner . Especially in a race where so many fail. '

Ericsson has improved a lot over the course of the season. At first he saw no country against his teammate. But since the Canadian GP, ​​the Swede has become an equal competitor for the more highly rated Nasr. Team manager Beat Zehnder praises: 'Marcus has worked hard on himself. He is extremely good on the brakes. His weak point initially was the fast corners, which one has to understand because last year he had a car with far too little downforce in the Caterham . But he can also do the fast corners well now. ' Ericsson added: 'I especially like myselfMentally improved because I only focus on myself and no longer look so much at the other side of the garage. '

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