Marcus Ericsson  Sweden

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2015 World Championship
# Grand Prix Circuit Date Car Pos Pts Qual FL
1 Australia Albert Park March 15 Sauber (C34) 8 4 16
2 Malaysia Sepang March 29 Sauber (C34) ret 9
3 China Shanghai April 12 Sauber (C34) 10 1 10
4 Bahrain BIC April 19 Sauber (C34) 14 14
5 Spain Catalunya May 10 Sauber (C34) 14 16
6 Monaco Monaco May 24 Sauber (C34) 13 17
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
2014 Caterham 16 16 0 0 11 11 0 0 14 0 0 0 -
2015 Sauber 6 6 0 0 5 8 0 0 9 0 0 5 15*
Total 22 22 0 0 16 8 0 0 9 0 0 5
Race Circuit Date
First race Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 16, 2014 Race results
Last race Monaco Grand Prix Monaco May 24, 2015 Race results
Profile
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Marcus Ericsson came to F1 in 2014 with Caterham after four years in GP2. Born in Kumla in central Sweden, Ericsson's motorsport career kicked off in 1998 when he turned up at his local kart track and set a new lap record. He soon had a kart of his own and started competing in national events where he caught the eye of IndyCar champion Kenny Brack.

Brack helped put together a deal for Ericsson, still just 16 years old at the time, to race in the 2007 Formula BMW UK Championship and he won the title with seven race victories. A step up to British Formula 3 followed and after finishing fifth in his first year, he combined some European F3 races with a full assault on the Japanese F3 championship. He won the title in his first season in Japan and by the end of the year was competing in the GP2 Asia Series.

For 2010 he took part in the full GP2 Series with Super Nova and his first victory came in the sprint race at the Valencia street circuit. In 2011 he joined iSport, but despite a better season overall, failed to score a victory.

His first feature race win came at Spa-Francorchamps in 2012 and for 2013 he joined reigning champions DAMS. However, he failed to repeat the success of Davide Valsecchi before him and had to settle for sixth in the standings at the end of the year.

Nevertheless, the results were still enough to secure him a race drive at Caterham with the help of funding from his personal sponsors. Overall, he did little in his rookie year to shake the reputation of a pay driver, often failing to beat Kamui Kobayashi and one-off team-mate Andre Lotterer - though his performances did pick up in the latter part of the year. Caterham went into administration before the season was out and Ericsson failed to drive for the team as it returned for the finale in Abu Dhabi, having been signed by Sauber for the 2015 season where he will partner Felipe Nasr.

Strengths and weaknesses

Ericsson's true talent was hard to gauge in his first season at the back of the grid with Caterham. That and his three wins in four seasons of GP2 hardly captured the imagination and his upcoming season at Sauber will be crucial if he wants to shake off the reputation as a driver only in F1 because of his substantial financial backing.

Career high

Beign compared to Alain Prost when aged just 16 by former Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack and winning the Formula BMW UK championship in Brack's team the following season. Another high was qualifying on pole for the 2009 Macau Grand Prix, where he went on to finish fourth.

Career low

Being out-qualified by Andre Lotterer at the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix in what was his temporary Caterham's team-mate's second day of driving a Formula One car.

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