Largely unnoticed, Ericsson equals Caterham’s best ever result

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As the eyes of the Formula 1 world turned to Jules Bianchi and Marussia after their ninth place finish in the Monaco Grand Prix yesterday, the fact that Marcus Ericsson had equalled Caterham’s best ever result in just his sixth grand prix went largely unnoticed.

Ever since both teams made their debut in 2010, Marussia and Caterham have largely remained neck and neck. Neither has ever looked capable of scoring any points, but today, a race of attrition gave the Anglo-Russian team an opportunity. Bianchi, with a stunning drive, seized it with both hands.

With 11th place though, Marcus Ericsson came agonizingly close to scoring Caterham’s first ever points. However, the result did see him match the team’s best ever finish at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix.

“For me that was good, even though the whole team is obviously disappointed about the way it ended,” Ericsson said after the race.

“It was an amazing experience finishing my first Monaco Grand Prix and the fact we’ve equalled the team’s best ever finish today is great, it’s just a shame it didn’t mean more after the fantastic job everyone did today.”

His feat may have been overshadowed by Bianchi, but with a slice of luck, it could have been so, so different for the Malaysian team.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”