MarcusEricsson, born on 2nd of September, 1990 in the small town of Kumla, is the leader of the new wave of Swedish racing drivers.
Wonderboy at go-kart track
As a boy, Marcus wasn’t really interested in racing and his career began almost accidentally. When he was 9 years old, Ericsson went to the local go-kart track for fun and almost broke a lap record in a first attempt. The owner of the track, well-known Swedish racer Fredrik Ekblom immediately spotted an uncut gem and convinced Marcus’ father to buy a kart to his son and to start his racing career.
Marcus Ericsson, 2007 Formula BMW champion
He stayed in kart racing for four years but he never had a plan of becoming a professional racer. However, Ericsson’s talent was so huge that many famous Swedish drivers thought that it would be a pity for such talent to stay unexploited. That’s why Ekblom and Kenny Brack, another well-known Swedish racer, used their contacts in the world of motorsport to find a good engagement for the talented guy.
Brilliant start of the career
In 2007, Ericsson became a driver of Fortec Motorsport and debuted in the Formula BMW UK. Many were thinking that Marcus will use his first year in the series to gain some experience but he was in the battle for the title during the whole season and eventually won it with a margin of 40 points and seven wins on his account.
Marcus Ericsson, Fortec Motorsport, 2008 British Formula 3
Still a teenager, Ericsson started a search for the place in Formula 3 in 2008. He had an offer from Formula 3 Euro Series team ASM but opted to stay in England and continued with Fortec, driving in British Formula 3 championship. Despite some notable performances, Marcus couldn’t win the race but he still had to be happy with the 5th place in the overall standings.
Marcus Ericsson conquers Japanese Formula 3
A bit surprisingly, Ericsson moved to Japan in 2009, but that proved to be a good decision. Driving in the Japanese Formula 3 he won the title scoring five wins and having other six podiums, driving for TOM’S, one of the best Japanese teams.
The year of 2009 was very fruitful for Ericsson
He also appeared in six races of British Formula 3 that year, driving for Raikkonen Robertson Racing, and won two out of six races he has entered. The same year he won the pole position for Macau Grand Prix but finished 4th in the race.
Moving to GP2 Series
After such good achievements, Marcus earned a place in GP2 Series in 2010. As a driver of Super Nova Racing team, competing against much-experienced drivers, Ericsson had some bright moments. He won the race in Valencia and took 17th position in the Drivers’ championship which was a solid success for the rookie.
Marcus Ericsson, Super Nova Racing, 2010 GP2 Series
The following year, Ericsson moved to iSport International with whom he spent two years and continued his progress. In 2011, the Swede moved up to the 10th place in GP2 Series rankings while in 2012 he was 8th after winning one race and having other four podiums.
Season of 2013 with DAMS was the Marcus' last in GP2 Series
He was already one of the most experienced drivers in GP2 and in 2013 he moved to DAMS, one of the series’ best teams. Marcus was considered as one of the title contenders, but the streak of bad luck during the first half of the season kicked him out of the battle for the top of the standings. Luckily, the fortune reversed in the second half of the year. He won one race and with a couple of podiums he moved up to the 6th in the final classification.
F1 debut with Caterham
Finally, Ericsson’s big moment arrived in 2014 when he debuted in Formula 1, driving for Caterham alongside Kamui Kobayashi. The expectations were low as the team was one of the weakest on the grid but Marcus could drive without too much pressure. Before the end of the season, Caterham went into the administration and Ericsson was left without a drive but quickly managed to secure a place in Sauber for 2015.
Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, 2014 Singapore Grand Prix
Moving to Sauber F1 team
In the more competitive car, but again in the team that was struggling financially, Ericsson had a better opportunity to show his potential in F1. In the season’s opening Grand Prix in Australia, he finished 8th and picked four points. Later in the season he finished 9th in Italy and added 10th places in China, Hungary, and Belgium and finished 18th in the standings.
Since 2015 Ericsson is the driver of Sauber Formula 1 team
Ericsson stayed with Sauber in 2016, but the results in the first half of the season weren’t any near to the ones from the previous year and the Swede missed to score a single point which caused many speculations about his future with the team. However, he was retained for the 2017 F1 season, continuing to drive the #9 Sauber-Ferrari.