Marcus Ericsson

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Marcus Ericsson
Marcus Ericsson 2014.jpg
Ericsson in 2014.
Born (1990-09-02) 2 September 1990 (age 24)
Kumla, Sweden
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality  Swedish
2014 team Caterham-Renault
2014 car # 9
Races 16 (16 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2014 Australian Grand Prix
Last race 2014 Russian Grand Prix
Previous series
201013
2009–102011
2009
200809
2007
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Japanese Formula Three
British Formula Three
Formula BMW UK
Championship titles
2009
2007
Japanese F3
Formula BMW UK
Awards
2009
2007
Swedish Junior Racer/Year
Swedish Junior Racer/Year

Marcus Ericsson (born 2 September 1990) is a Swedish race car driver. After a successful début in car racing in 2007 which saw him take the British Formula BMW title with Fortec Motorsport, he moved up into the British team's British Formula Three squad. After finishing as one of the top rookies in the category, Ericsson turned his attentions to the All-Japan Formula Three Championship where he won the championship in his debut year. In 2010, he moved up to the GP2 Series where he secured one victory during his maiden campaign for Super Nova Racing. Between 2011 and 2012, Ericsson drove for iSport. Ericsson has recently completed the 2013 GP2 season with DAMS, and is now contracted by Caterham F1 to drive in the 2014 Formula One World Championship.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Born in Kumla, Örebro County, Ericsson's first taste of motorsport came when he was nine years old racing in karts. "I got a call from Fredrik Ekblom, whom I ran in British Formula 3000 and Indy Lights. He now runs a kart circuit and he told me about a nine-year old kid who'd walked in off the street and nearly broke the lap record" recalled Richard Dutton, head of Fortec Motorsport.[1] Ekblom managed to convince Ericsson's father, Tomas, to buy his son a kart and the young Swede stayed in karting for the next four years, "I'd never really thought about racing as a career. My family didn't have the money for me to race formula cars so we never thought about it" Ericsson recalled.[1]

It was in 2006 that Ericsson's career got notable backing in the form of former Champ Car driver and 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Bräck. "I spotted Marcus at a race in Gothenburg" Bräck says, "He didn't win the race because his engine blew up with two laps to go but he was clearly the best out there. He didn't get caught in any battles when passing – he'd just wait for the right opportunity, then he pounced and he was away. He has such patience but when he does go for it, it measures so perfectly. He reminded me of watching Alain Prost" Bräck added.[1]

Ericsson won his second Formula BMW race at Brands Hatch by six seconds.

Formula BMW[edit]

See also: Formula BMW

Bräck had managed to convince Richard Dutton, who ran the Swede in British F3 in 1989, to race Ericsson for his Fortec Motorsport team's 2007 Formula BMW UK title challenge. Ericsson was realistic of his chances during the season, "I was thinking that I should be around top eight to start with, trying for podiums and maybe wins by the end of the year".[1] However, Ericsson's first win came earlier than expected at the first meeting of the series at Brands Hatch where he took third place in the first race and won from pole position in the second race. Following his win, Ericsson was hailed as "the best young talent" Bräck had ever seen.[2] The Swede was in the title race for the whole season, challenging Czech Josef Král and Brit Henry Arundel. In the end, the sixteen–year–old won the title by 40 points from Kral, becoming the final Champion of the British Formula BMW series prior to the series merge with the German series to make a European FBMW championship.

Formula Three[edit]

See also: Formula Three
Ericsson driving for Fortec Motorsport at the Croft round of the 2008 British Formula Three season.

Following his win of the Formula BMW title, Ericsson began aiming for a seat in Formula Three. Tests soon followed with British Formula Three team Räikkönen Robertson Racing as part of his prize for winning the title that year. Soon afterwards the Swede had a test with frontrunning Formula Three Euroseries team ASM Formule 3, now ART Grand Prix. Despite an offer to join the French team, Ericsson opted to stay in England and join Fortec's British Formula Three team. The Swede showed his pace to the F3 paddock with two pole positions and a handful of podium finishes, but no victories, which gave him fifth overall in the championship.

Ericsson driving for TOM'S at the 2009 Macau Grand Prix, where he finished fourth.

During the winter of 2008, Ericsson signed a contract with the Japanese F3 team TOM'S to compete full-time in the championship for the upcoming season. The Swede reasoned that he could was more likely to gain the experience needed to win the Macau Grand Prix in comparison to competing further in the British championship.[3] Ericsson won the Japanese F3 championship, and also won races when making guest appearances back in British F3. He consequently participated in the Macau Grand Prix where he qualified in pole position and finished the main race in fourth position.

GP2 Series[edit]

Ericsson moved into the GP2 Asia Series for the 2009–10 GP2 Asia Series season, driving originally for the ART Grand Prix team.[4] However, it was later confirmed that Ericsson will drive for Super Nova Racing in the 2010 GP2 Series season.[5] He had been expected to complete the rest of the Asian series with the team, but Jake Rosenzweig was signed to replace Ericsson for the final two rounds.[6] Ericsson returned to Super Nova for the 2010 season, partnering Josef Král and later Luca Filippi. He took his first series victory at Valencia, but only scoring points on two further occasions restricted him to seventeenth place in the drivers' championship.

Ericsson driving for iSport at the Monza round of the 2011 GP2 Series season.

Ericsson switched to the iSport International team for 2011, alongside Sam Bird. He finished sixth in the Asia series championship, and tenth in the main series championship. He remained with iSport for 2012, alongside Jolyon Palmer. After a relatively disappointing start to the year, his fortunes improved with a victory at Spa, kickstarting a run of six consecutive points finishes to the end of the season, including two podium finishes. This late flourish lifted him to eighth in the championship.

Formula One[edit]

Ericsson drove for Brawn GP at the young driver test at Circuito de Jerez over three days, on 1–3 December 2009. He tested alongside IndyCar Series driver Mike Conway.[7] Conway had the edge by three tenths of a second, however team principal Ross Brawn commended Ericsson for his performance, saying that he had "performed very well showing exceptional maturity in his approach and feedback".[8]

Caterham (2014)[edit]

Ericsson at the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix

It was announced on 21 November 2013 that Ericsson was a candidate to drive for the Caterham F1 Team in 2014 with Kamui Kobayashi as teammates.[9] On 21 January 2014, the team announced that Ericsson and Kobayashi would be their race driver line up for the forthcoming season, with Robin Frijns as reserve.[10]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2007 Formula BMW UK Fortec Motorsport 18 7 11 6 13 676 1st
2008 British Formula Three Fortec Motorsport 20 2 1 0 3 65 5th
Macau Grand Prix Carlin Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2009 British Formula Three Räikkönen Robertson Racing 6 2 1 0 3 65 11th
Japanese Formula Three TOM'S 16 5 5 9 11 112 1st
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 1 0 0 N/A 4th
2009–10 GP2 Asia Series ART Grand Prix 4 0 0 0 0 0 24th
Super Nova Racing
2010 GP2 Series Super Nova Racing 20 1 0 0 1 11 17th
2011 GP2 Series iSport International 18 0 0 0 2 25 10th
GP2 Asia Series 4 0 0 0 1 9 6th
GP2 Final 2 0 0 0 1 10 2nd
2012 GP2 Series iSport International 24 1 0 1 5 124 8th
2013 GP2 Series DAMS 22 1 2 3 5 121 6th
2014 Formula One Caterham F1 Team 16 0 0 0 0 0* 18th*

* Season in progress.

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2010 Super Nova Racing ESP
FEA

11
ESP
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

12
MON
SPR

9
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

7
VAL
SPR

1
GBR
FEA

12
GBR
SPR

18
GER
FEA

6
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

10
BEL
FEA

13
BEL
SPR

7
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

11
ABU
FEA

11
ABU
SPR

Ret
17th 11
2011 iSport International TUR
FEA

9
TUR
SPR

8
ESP
FEA

5
ESP
SPR

3
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

11
GBR
FEA

3
GBR
SPR

4
GER
FEA

5
GER
SPR

16
HUN
FEA

5
HUN
SPR

16
BEL
FEA

Ret
BEL
SPR

12
ITA
FEA

14
ITA
SPR

8
10th 25
2012 iSport International MYS
FEA

13
MYS
SPR

Ret
BHR1
FEA

13
BHR1
SPR

16
BHR2
FEA

7
BHR2
SPR

7
ESP
FEA

13
ESP
SPR

22
MON
FEA

2
MON
SPR

4
VAL
FEA

2
VAL
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

21
GBR
SPR

7
GER
FEA

11
GER
SPR

15
HUN
FEA

18
HUN
SPR

Ret
BEL
FEA

1
BEL
SPR

4
ITA
FEA

3
ITA
SPR

7
SGP
FEA

7
SGP
SPR

2
8th 124
2013 DAMS MYS
FEA

Ret
MYS
SPR

13
BHR
FEA

13
BHR
SPR

Ret
ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

20
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

18
GBR
FEA

11
GBR
SPR

8
GER
FEA

1
GER
SPR

13
HUN
FEA

2
HUN
SPR

4
BEL
FEA

2
BEL
SPR

15
ITA
FEA

Ret
ITA
SPR

23
SGP
FEA

7
SGP
SPR

2
ABU
FEA

3
ABU
SPR

6
6th 121

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2009–10 ART Grand Prix ABU1
FEA

11
ABU1
SPR

12
24th 0
Super Nova Racing ABU2
FEA

17
ABU2
SPR

12
BHR1
FEA

BHR1
SPR

BHR2
FEA

BHR2
SPR

2011 iSport International ABU
FEA

4
ABU
SPR

3
ITA
FEA

10
ITA
SPR

16
6th 9

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2014 Caterham F1 Team Caterham CT05 Renault Energy F1‑2014 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
MAL
14
BHR
Ret
CHN
20
ESP
20
MON
11
CAN
Ret
AUT
18
GBR
Ret
GER
18
HUN
Ret
BEL
17
ITA
19
SIN
15
JPN
17
RUS
19
USA BRA ABU 18th* 0*

* Season in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Interview with Marcus Ericsson. Autosport Magazine, Vol. 188, No. 4, pp. 59, Haymarket Publications. April 26, 2007.
  2. ^ National News > Rookie Hailed 'Best Ever'. Autosport Magazine, Vol. 188, No. 1, pp. 90, Haymarket Publications. April 5, 2007.
  3. ^ English, Steven (4 December 2008). "Ericsson switches to Japanese F3". Autosport.com. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Freeman, Glenn (ed.) (2009-10-15). "Pit & Paddock: In Brief". Autosport 198 (3): 27. 
  5. ^ English, Steven (2010-01-14). "Super Nova signs Ericsson, Kral". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  6. ^ "Jake Rosenzweig signs for Super Nova". Super Nova Racing (Ridom Ltd.). 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-02-24. [dead link]
  7. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2009-11-26). "Conway, Ericsson to test for Mercedes". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  8. ^ "Ericsson hails 'great experience' with Brawn GP". GPupdate.net. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Benson, Andrew (21 November 2013). "Caterham consider Marcus Ericsson for drive in 2014". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Caterham appoint Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson as their 2014 race drivers". Sky Sports. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Niall Breen
Formula BMW UK
Champion

2007
Succeeded by
Series merged into
Formula BMW Europe
Preceded by
Carlo van Dam
Japanese Formula Three
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Yuji Kunimoto