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Marcus Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Caterham.
Formula One Testing Preparations, Jerez, Spain, Monday, 27 January 2014 Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Caterham CT05.
Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, Day Two, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 Marcus Ericsson (SWE) Caterham CT05.
Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, Day Two, Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Until 2014, Stefan Johansson had been the last man to represent Sweden in a Formula One race. The mantle has now been passed to Marcus Ericsson, a racer who was not even one when Johansson made his 79th and final F1 start at the 1991 Canadian Grand Prix.

Born in the city of Kumla on September 2, 1990, like many of his contemporaries, Ericsson cut his racing teeth in karts, quickly accumulating a host of trophies. He continued competing in karts both in his homeland and in mainland Europe until 2006 when he met former Indy 500 winner and compatriot Kenny Brack. With the help of Brack and fellow Swedish racer Eje Elgh, Ericsson made a hugely successful transition to car racing in 2007, winning the British Formula BMW title at his first attempt with seven wins.

The following year, he graduated to British Formula Three where he finished fifth in the championship behind, amongst others, future F1 drivers Jaime Alguersuari and Sergio Perez. Ericsson stuck with F3 in 2009, but this time switched to the Japanese series. Despite having to adapt to living and racing thousands of miles away from home, he stormed to the title with five wins, and his efforts were rewarded with a Brawn GP F1 test at Jerez later that year.

In 2010 Ericsson graduated to GP2 for what would be the first of four years in the junior category. Though he scored a reverse grid win in Valencia, it would prove to be a tough year, with points finishes hard to come by. A change of team in 2011 brought two further podiums and tenth in the standings, but he had to wait until 2012 before tasting victory again in the F1 support race at Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

With his blend of speed and experience, Ericsson went into 2013 as one of the favourites for the GP2 crown. Unfortunately, an extremely slow start to the season blunted any title charge, but during a second-half upswing he picked up a win in Germany and four other podiums to grab a well-deserved sixth overall.

The following January, Ericsson was named alongside Kamui Kobayashi as one of Caterham’s 2014 race drivers.