Marcus Ericsson

PROFILE

Another fresh face on the grid for 2015, Marcus Ericsson comes to 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 2015 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. Whether he can seize the opportunity alongside Kamui Kobayashi remains to be seen.

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