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Marcus Ericsson

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ALBERT PARK

12-15 MARCH 2015

Marcus Ericsson
Born
2/10/1990
Origin
Team
Caterham F1 Team
F1 Debut
Australia 2014
Career statistics to end 2013
Race(s)
0
Win(s)
0
Pole Position(s)
0
Fastest Lap(s)
0

Sweden has a proud history of producing top-class racing drivers: think Ronnie Peterson at Lotus for a start, think Gunnar Nilsson in the same team before him, think Stefan Johansson at McLaren and Ferrari – the last Swede to score World Championship points for third place in an Onyx at the Portuguese Grand Prix in 1989.

Can Ericsson slot into that tradition? He brings a wealth of experience to the task, having spent the last four seasons as a GP2 driver without quite reaching the heights of winning that coveted title.

Before that he began in karting, then stepped up to single-seater racing in Formula BMW UK in 2007. He stepped up so well that he won that title, graduating to F3 in the same country with Fortec in 2008 and moving to the Japanese F3 scene with the renowned TOMS team in 2009.

Despite admitting it was a difficult year so far from his roots, Ericsson settled after a slow start and also took out the Japanese title, earning a Formula 1 test for champions Brawn GP in the process.

GP2 Asia was the springboard to the main series, which he joined in 2010 with SuperNova, finishing 15th overall with the highlight of a maiden win in Valencia.

His next two seasons took him to iSport International, for whom he won at Spa-Francorchamps in 2012, and great things were expected when he then moved to the title-winning DAMS outfit for 2013 as the replacement for series champion Davide Valsecchi.

The promise never materialized: despite a win at the Nurburgring, poles and fastest laps, Ericsson was sixth overall, 80 points below champion Fabio Leimer.

He’s got the F1 nod ahead of men like Leimer and the luckless Valsecchi, so it’s up to him to grasp the nettle. “We have a big task in front of us,” he concedes, “but an exciting one…”

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