Marcus Ericsson has confirmed that a hydraulic leak was responsible for his failure to set a time during qualifying for the German Grand Prix.
Ericsson revealed that the problem first struck in the closing minutes of final practice, with his Caterham team ultimately not able to rectify the issue ahead of the start of qualifying.
Despite his failure to set a time during the opening part of qualifying the stewards in Hockenheim have given the Swede special dispensation to start Sunday’s race.
“We had a hydraulics issue with about 15 minutes left of [FP3] so I didn’t have a chance to do a performance run”, explained the 23-year-old.
“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 guys in the garage worked absolutely flat out to try and fix it, something that’s hard anyway but in the heat here in Germany even harder, but they just couldn’t make it.”
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