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Driver Profile – Marcus Ericsson

Now an established name in the Formula One paddock it hasn’t been an easy path for Marcus Ericsson to reach and stay within the sport, but 2017 will bring much needed stability to his surroundings.

Making the move from karting to cars in 2007, the Swede came to the UK and drove in the Formula BMW UK series, winning the championship with seven wins from eighteen races. He raced against the now sadly departed Henry Surtees who tragically died at Brands Hatch from a hit on the head by a tyre.

He made the move a year later to the then competitive British Formula 3 series where he races against some familiar names including Sergio Perez, Jaime Alguersuari, Max Chilton, Nick Tandy and Oliver Turvey. He finished the year fifth in the series, behind eventual winner Jaime Alguersuari.

2009 saw him only complete some of the British Formula 3 series with Raikkonen Robertson racing as he made the move to Japan and compete in the F3 series there with TOM’s. In his attempt to win a Macau by racing in Asia, it failed and only finished in fourth.

Making the step to GP2, he first competed in the winter series in Asia before a full attempt in 2010. Racing for Super Nova, a former powerhouse in F3000 he only finished in 17th, however scoring one win in Valencia. For 2011 he moved to iSport alongside British driver Sam Bird, and then again in 2012 alongside Jolyon Palmer.

It wasn’t until he moved to DAMS that his GP2 campaign would start to take off, winning the sprint race in Germany, with further podiums through the year taking him to 6th in the championship.

The next season the Swede would get the break in Formula One, driving for the back of the field Caterham team, who themselves were in a state of flux with their owner Tony Fernandes based on a lack of results. Partnered with Kamui Kobayashi, they did what the could with a difficult and unusual looking car, but suffered less than most with the unreliable and slow Renault engine.

With Tony Fernandes pulling out midway through the season, the company went into administration later in the year. Not seeing out the season, it was announced that he would drive for Sauber in 2015, which caused its own problem, with both Guido Van Der Garde and Adrian Sutil already signed, along with promising rookie Felipe Nasr.

With court action around them at the Australian Grand Prix in 2015, it was a good result for the team, with Ericsson claiming the first points by a Swede since Stefan Johannson in 1989, and were further points paying positions in China, Hungary, Belgium and Italy.

Financial problems were still not far away from Ericsson though, with Sauber facing a funding shortage. Hampering the entire first portion of the year, with even rumours they wouldn’t make it to China, the team soldiered through and found new finance in the form of Longbow, associated with Ericsson cementing his position within the team. Sadly though, it was a pointless year, with a best of 11th in Mexico at the end of the year.

About the author

Ashley Quint

Ashley founded the Purple Sector website back in 2012, later renamed to SpeedMajor which now covers both Formula 1 and Formula E. As well as writing on Formula 1, Ashley also works within the world of luxury travel and was a finalist in the Aspire Travel Trade Writer of the Year competition in 2013.

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