Marcus Ericsson

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Marcus Ericsson
Marcus Ericsson 2014-08-18 001.jpg
Ericsson in 2014
Born (1990-09-02) 2 September 1990 (age 26)
Kumla, Sweden
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Sweden Swedish
2017 team Sauber-Ferrari[1]
Car number 9
Entries 57 (57 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 9
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 2014 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry 2017 Australian Grand Prix
2016 position 22nd (0 pts)
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 Formula Three
Formula BMW UK
Awards
2007, 2009 Swedish Junior Racer of the Year

Marcus Ericsson (born 2 September 1990) is a Swedish race car driver currently racing for Sauber in Formula One, where he is contracted to the end of the 2017 season.[2]

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 Championship 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 completed the 2013 GP2 season with DAMS, and debuted in Formula One in 2014 with Caterham F1.

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.[3] 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.[3]

In 2006 Ericsson's career got backing from former Champ Car driver and 1999 Indianapolis 500 winner Kenny Bräck. "I spotted Marcus at a race in Gothenburg" Bräck said, "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.[3]

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

Formula BMW[edit]

See also: Formula BMW

Bräck convinced Richard Dutton, who ran Bräck in the British Formula Three Championship in 1989, to race Ericsson for his Fortec Motorsport team's 2007 Formula BMW UK title challenge. Ericsson said 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".[3] Ericsson's first win came 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 described by Autosport as "the best young talent" Bräck had ever seen.[4] Ericsson was in the title race for the whole season, challenging Czech Josef Král and Brit Henry Arundel. In the end Ericsson, aged 16, 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 championship.[citation needed]

Formula Three[edit]

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

Following his win of the Formula BMW title, Ericsson began aiming for a seat in Formula Three. Tests followed with British Formula 3 team Räikkönen Robertson Racing as part of his prize for winning the title that year. Afterwards Ericsson had a test with frontrunning Formula 3 Euro Series team ASM, later ART Grand Prix.[citation needed] Despite an offer to join ASM, Ericsson opted to stay in England and join Fortec's British Formula 3 team.[citation needed] Ericsson received with two pole positions and a handful of podium finishes, but no victories, which gave him fifth overall in the championship.[citation needed]

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. Ericsson said that he was more likely to gain the experience needed to win the Macau Grand Prix in comparison to competing further in the British championship.[5] 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.[citation needed]

GP2 Series[edit]

Ericsson moved into the GP2 Asia Series for the 2009–10 GP2 Asia Series, driving originally for the ART Grand Prix team.[6] However, it was later confirmed that Ericsson would drive for Super Nova Racing in the 2010 GP2 Series.[7] He had been expected[by whom?] to complete the rest of the Asian series with the team, but Jake Rosenzweig was signed to replace Ericsson for the final two rounds.[8] Ericsson returned to Super Nova for the GP2 Series, 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] He finished sixth in the Asia series championship, and tenth in the main series championship.[citation needed] He remained with iSport for 2012, alongside Jolyon Palmer.[citation needed] He won at Spa, beginning a run of six consecutive points finishes to the end of the season, including two podium finishes. This lifted him to eighth in the championship.[citation needed]

In 2013, he got the chance to drive for the reigning champions DAMS, taking pole position in Spain and Great Britain. In Germany he won the sprint race, and he continued with podium positions in Hungary, Belgium, Singapore and Abu Dhabi to finish sixth in the championship.[citation needed]

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.[9] 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".[10]

Caterham (2014)[edit]

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 teammate.[11] 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.[12]

Ericsson during the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix where he wore a special helmet in tribute to famous Swedish racing driver Ronnie Peterson.

Ericsson qualified 20th in his debut race – the 2014 Australian Grand Prix, running 11th before he fell back with oil pressure problems. In Malaysia, he qualified last, finishing 14th in front of main rival Max Chilton. In Spain, he outqualified Kobayashi for the first time of his career, but he was behind both Marussia cars. He finished the race in 20th position, the last classified finisher.[citation needed] In the next race, the Monaco Grand Prix, he was involved in a collision with Williams driver Felipe Massa during qualifying, which resulted in Massa not advancing to the second part of the qualifying session.[citation needed] Ericsson was penalised with two penalty points and had to start from the pit lane. He finished in 11th place, just missing out on his and Caterham's first points.[citation needed]

After this, he suffered a crash in the rain in Hungary, when he lost control of his car on the exit of turn 3 and hit the barriers very hard.[citation needed] He was unhurt, but the car was completely destroyed and it took him until the Belgian Grand Prix where he could match the Marussias again, losing 16th place to Chilton on the last lap.[citation needed] In Singapore, he finished in 15th place and in Japan, he out-qualified both Marussias and Kobayashi for 19th position.[citation needed] He started 17th, but spun behind the safety car in heavy rain, and had to fight back from last place. He finished 17th, in front of both Marussias and Kobayashi, but his performance was overshadowed by the crash of Bianchi. At the inaugural Russian Grand Prix, he qualified in a career-best 17th position and this time, he was 0.15 seconds from making it into Q2.[citation needed] During the race, he started 16th but fell back, finishing 19th overall but in front of his main rivals – the other Caterham and the sole Marussia of Chilton, who eventually retired from the race.[citation needed]

Due to Caterham F1 falling into administration on 21 October 2014, neither team driver was able to compete at the United States Grand Prix. Despite this, Ericsson flew to Texas to be a commentator the race for Swedish television and secured a new drive for 2015. Ericsson terminated his contract with Caterham on 12 November.[13] He eventually finished the season in 19th position, highest of the Caterham drivers that took part in 2014.

Sauber (2015–present)[edit]

Ericsson (centre) leading Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel at the 2015 Canadian Grand Prix
2015

At the 2014 United States Grand Prix, Sauber announced that it had signed Ericsson for 2015.[14][15] In his first race with the team in Australia, Ericsson finished in eighth position, recording the first points-scoring finish by a Swedish driver since Stefan Johansson finished third at the 1989 Portuguese Grand Prix.[16][17]

Malaysia was the first time that Ericsson made it into Q3, qualifying 10th but was ultimately promoted to 9th. He spun on the fourth lap after an unsuccessful overtaking attempt on Force India's Nico Hülkenberg which resulted in retirement.[citation needed] In China, Ericsson again made it into Q3 in qualifying, again qualifying 10th. He finished the race in the same position, scoring one point after Max Verstappen's engine blew up with only a few laps remaining.[citation needed] In Bahrain he qualified outside the top 10, and held 8th position when a pit stop failure caused him to fall down the field, and he ultimately finished the race in 14th position.[citation needed] In the first European leg of the season he finished 14th in Spain and 13th in Monaco.[citation needed]

In the 2015 British Grand Prix he finished 11th – just outside the points.[citation needed] He scored one more point before the summer break, with a 10th-place finish in Hungary, followed by another 10th position in Belgium. At the Italian Grand Prix Ericsson qualified for Q3, where he ended up 10th, before he was given a grid penalty for blocking Hülkenberg in Q1.[citation needed] Ericsson eventually finished 9th – taking his fifth points position for the year and again being in front of teammate Felipe Nasr.[citation needed]

During the summer break Sauber announced that Ericsson along with Nasr had both extended their deals with the team for the 2016 season.[2]

2016

In 2016, Sauber missed pre-season testing due to financial concerns hurting their car development for 2016. Ericsson was running in 15th before a power issue in Australia and he drove a good race to take twelfth in Bahrain in the next round. He ran just outside the points in China but steadily dropped to sixteenth, still four places ahead of Nasr. In Russia he recovered from first lap contact to beat Nasr once again and take fourteenth. In Spain he was fantastic again as he was twelfth, but in Monaco he crashed into his teammate clumsily which ruined his next race in Canada as he started at the back due to a grid penalty. He went on a slump in the following races, with 17th in Baku and 15th in Austria, with qualifying crashes in Silverstone and Hungary forcing him to start from the pit lane. Another bad couple of races followed in Hockenheim and Spa, but after that he got back on track. In Monza, he maximised the car finishing sixteenth whilst in Singapore he made Q2 and was close to scoring his first point until a strategic blunder from the team. He ran close to points in Malaysia and Suzuka, thrashing his teammate in quali and the race. In Austin, he ran eleventh for the duration of the race but dropped back in the final couple of laps and in Mexico he put in one of the drives of the season as he recovered from a first lap crash to eleventh, just outside the points.

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 3 Championship 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 3 Championship 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 2 0 0 0 0 0 24th
Super Nova Racing 2 0 0 0 0
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 19th
2015 Formula One Sauber F1 Team 19 0 0 0 0 9 18th
2016 Formula One Sauber F1 Team 21 0 0 0 0 0 22nd
2017 Formula One Sauber F1 Team 1 0 0 0 0 0* NC*

* Season still 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 CAT
FEA

11
CAT
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

12
MON
SPR

9
IST
FEA

Ret
IST
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

7
VAL
SPR

1
SIL
FEA

12
SIL
SPR

18
HOC
FEA

6
HOC
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

12
HUN
SPR

10
SPA
FEA

13
SPA
SPR

7
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

11
YMC
FEA

11
YMC
SPR

Ret
17th 11
2011 iSport International IST
FEA

9
IST
SPR

8
CAT
FEA

5
CAT
SPR

3
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

11
SIL
FEA

3
SIL
SPR

4
NÜR
FEA

5
NÜR
SPR

16
HUN
FEA

5
HUN
SPR

16
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

12
MNZ
FEA

14
MNZ
SPR

8
10th 25
2012 iSport International SEP
FEA

13
SEP
SPR

Ret
BHR1
FEA

13
BHR1
SPR

16
BHR2
FEA

7
BHR2
SPR

7
CAT
FEA

13
CAT
SPR

22
MON
FEA

2
MON
SPR

4
VAL
FEA

2
VAL
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

21
SIL
SPR

7
HOC
FEA

11
HOC
SPR

15
HUN
FEA

18
HUN
SPR

Ret
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR

4
MNZ
FEA

3
MNZ
SPR

7
MRN
FEA

7
MRN
SPR

2
8th 124
2013 DAMS SEP
FEA

Ret
SEP
SPR

13
BHR
FEA

13
BHR
SPR

Ret
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

20
MON
FEA

Ret
MON
SPR

18
SIL
FEA

11
SIL
SPR

8
NÜR
FEA

1
NÜR
SPR

13
HUN
FEA

2
HUN
SPR

4
SPA
FEA

2
SPA
SPR

15
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

23
MRN
FEA

7
MRN
SPR

2
YMC
FEA

3
YMC
SPR

6
6th 121

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2009–10 ART Grand Prix YMC1
FEA

11
YMC1
SPR

12
24th 0
Super Nova Racing YMC2
FEA

17
YMC2
SPR

12
BHR1
FEA
BHR1
SPR
BHR2
FEA
BHR2
SPR
2011 iSport International YMC
FEA

4
YMC
SPR

3
IMO
FEA

10
IMO
SPR

16
6th 9

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 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 19th 0
2015 Sauber F1 Team Sauber C34 Ferrari 060 1.6 V6 t AUS
8
MAL
Ret
CHN
10
BHR
14
ESP
14
MON
13
CAN
14
AUT
13
GBR
11
HUN
10
BEL
10
ITA
9
SIN
11
JPN
14
RUS
Ret
USA
Ret
MEX
12
BRA
16
ABU
14
18th 9
2016 Sauber F1 Team Sauber C35 Ferrari 061 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
BHR
12
CHN
16
RUS
14
ESP
12
MON
Ret
CAN
15
EUR
17
AUT
15
GBR
Ret
HUN
20
GER
18
BEL
Ret
ITA
16
SIN
17
MAL
12
JPN
15
USA
14
MEX
11
BRA
Ret
ABU
15
22nd 0
2017 Sauber F1 Team Sauber C36 Ferrari 061 1.6 V6 t AUS
Ret
CHN
BHR
RUS
ESP
MON
CAN
AZE
AUT
GBR
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
MAL
JPN
USA
MEX
BRA
ABU
NC* 0*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ericsson to stay at Sauber for 2017". Formula1.com. FOM. 21 November 2016. Archived from the original on 21 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Extensions of contracts with Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr". Sauber F1 Team. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Interview with Marcus Ericsson. Autosport Magazine, Vol. 188, No. 4, pp. 59, Haymarket Publications. 26 April 2007.
  4. ^ National News > Rookie Hailed 'Best Ever'. Autosport Magazine, Vol. 188, No. 1, pp. 90, Haymarket Publications. 5 April 2007.
  5. ^ English, Steven (4 December 2008). "Ericsson switches to Japanese F3". Autosport.com. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  6. ^ Freeman, Glenn (ed.) (15 October 2009). "Pit & Paddock: In Brief". Autosport. 198 (3): 27. 
  7. ^ English, Steven (14 January 2010). "Super Nova signs Ericsson, Kral". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  8. ^ Turner, Kevin (24 February 2010). "Super Nova signs Rosenzweig". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 6 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Noble, Jonathan (26 November 2009). "Conway, Ericsson to test for Mercedes". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Ericsson hails 'great experience' with Brawn GP". GPupdate.net. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Benson, Andrew (21 November 2013). "Caterham consider Marcus Ericsson for drive in 2014". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Caterham appoint Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson as their 2014 race drivers". Sky Sports. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Caterham: Marcus Ericsson terminates deal". BBC Sport. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "Sauber sign Marcus Ericsson for 2015 season". BBC Sport. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "F1: Kaltenborn: Money played part in Ericsson deal". Crash.net. 2 November 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  16. ^ Barretto, Lawrence (15 March 2015). "Lewis Hamilton beats Nico Rosberg to win". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  17. ^ Nyström, Olle (15 March 2015). "Ericsson historisk i Australien" [Historical Ericsson in Australia]. Viasat (in Swedish). Modern Times Group. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Niall Breen
Formula BMW UK
Champion

2007
Succeeded by
Series merged into
Formula BMW Europe
Preceded by
Carlo van Dam
All-Japan Formula Three
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Yuji Kunimoto