Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said it was “incomprehensible” Kevin Magnussen avoided a penalty for a first-lap collision which led to the retirement of one of her team’s cars.
Ericsson said the contact left him with damage which ultimately led to his retirement on lap 22.
“I got hit from behind, which caused lots of damage on the right side as well as to the floor of the car,” he said.
“From that moment on, it was all about finishing the race. Later on, I had to stop the car on track due to a hydraulic failure caused by the incident on lap one.”
Kaltenborn was unimpressed with the stewards’ refusal to hand down a penalty. “Marcus’ race was ruined after the start in turn three,” she said.
“The situation there was clear-cut, so it is incomprehensible why the stewards didn’t react to the incident.”
Magnussen damaged his front wing in the collision and later retired with suspension failure.
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year