Ericsson to start from pit lane after ignoring yellow flags

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Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson will start tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix from the pit lane after failing to slow down for double waved yellow flags during practice on Saturday morning at Monza.

The cautions were shown to allow marshals to recover the Force India car of Sergio Perez after the Mexican ground to a halt on the inside of Curva Grande, a high-speed corner.

However, Ericsson did not reduce his speed accordingly, and was summoned to the stewards to explain himself following the session.

After examining the video evidence and telemetry from Ericsson’s car, the stewards opted to severely punish him. He will start tomorrow’s race from the pits, and has also been handed three penalty points for his FIA superlicense. This takes his total for the season up to five.

Ericsson was due to start from the very back of the grid, having qualified in 22nd place today.

“This morning in FP3 we had a small problem with the engine before the performance run, so we didn’t get to do a proper run on the option tyres and therefore we went into qualifying a bit blind, unfortunately,” Ericsson explained.

“Everything worked fine in the afternoon, but we struggled to get the most out of the car.

“We need to look at the data tonight and see where we can improve compared to Kamui. I’m disappointed with the result but we will certainly fight back tomorrow!”

You can watch the Italian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET tomorrow.