Ericsson penalised with pit lane start after Massa clash

Marcus Ericsson will have to start the Monaco GP from the pitlane after being penalised by the FIA stewards for a collision with Felipe Massa in Q1.

Massa let Ericsson past going into Mirabeau, but the Swede lost control and took both cars into the tyre wall. Massa was not able to take part in Q2, despite having made it through.

The stewards decided that Ericsson had ‘recklessly collided’ with Massa and demanded that he start from the pitlane, having been 22nd on the grid in any case. He also got two licence penalty points.

“On my final push lap I was behind Massa going into turn five 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.”

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