Rookies, rookies! Get your rookies here! Read all about ‘em! Marcus Ericsson is one of three rookies in the Formula 1™ field for the new 2014 season.
It all started at age nine when Ericsson showed up at the local go-kart rental track. Being his first time ever in a go-kart, he nearly broke the lap record and it so happened to be that the track owner was Fredrik Ekblom, an accomplished Swedish driver with experience in touring cars, Champ Car and Le Mans. I think you know where this is headed!
Date of birth: September 2, 1990
Place of birth: Kumla, Orebro, Sweden
Fredrik quickly realized Ericsson could be a star and convinced his father to purchase his son a go-kart and so, the motorsport career began. Unlike many of the Formula 1 drivers, Ericsson oddly doesn’t come from a family with a motorsport background. However, being from the town Kumla, Orebro, a motorsport area where many drivers happen to come from, could have a lot to do with his talents.
Trivia: Ronnie Peterson, one of the most famous F1 drivers and legends from the 70’s, who was from Kumla, Orebro, Sweden.
Just seven years after showing up at the local go-kart track, Fredrick recommended Ericsson to Fortec Motorsport team head, Richard Dutton, where Swedish Indy500 and IndyCar champion Kenny Bräck put together a deal to have Ericsson race in Formula BMW UK.
At 16 years old, Marcus made quite the start to his car racing career in Formula BMW by winning the championship with seven victories and 11 pole positions. After having such success in his rookie car racing season, he moved up with Fortec to Formula 3 the following season.
Not surprised, Ericsson did extremely well in 2008, by finishing fifth overall in British F3. In 2009, he made a life changing decision to move to Japan to compete in the Japanese F3 Championship with TOM’S (see racing history below). His performance set him up for the move to GP2, which he started racing in at the end of 2009, in the Asia series –only being in his third year of car racing.
Over the next few years he moved around to a few different GP2 teams, but the most memorable was with Super Nova in 2010, when he won his first GP2 victory at Valencia. In 2013, Ericsson joined reigning champion team DAMS for his fourth season in GP2, where the first half of his season went down the drain. Getting back on his tires, he made an unbelievable comeback to finish sixth overall at Nürburgring, concluding with five podiums and two pole positions.
Now, at age 23, Marcus has joined Caterham to make his Formula 1 debut and to become Sweden’s first F1 driver since 1991!
2007 - Formula BMW UK champion (7 wins, 11 poles, 13 podiums)
2008 - British F3, 5th (2 poles, 5 podiums); Macau GP
2009 - Japanese F3 champion (5 wins, 5 poles, 11 podiums); British F3, 11th (2 wins, 1 pole, 3 podiums); Macau GP, 4th; GP2 Asia
2010 - GP2, 17th (1 win)
2011 - GP2, 10th (2 podiums); GP2 Asia, 6th (1 podium)
2012 - GP2, 8th (1 win, 5 podiums)
2013 - GP2, 6th (1 win, 2 poles, 5 podiums)
2014 - Caterham F1 Team, Race Driver
Get Me to the Rookie
Yeesh! Now if that’s not an exciting rookie-run-through for you, we don’t know what is! Just think about the history that this young man could make and it all lies ahead of him. Before every F1 Grand Prix race this season he has the chance to add to his already unique and inspiring story. Which, leads us to our next point, YOU need to be there!
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While Legends Club Hospitality offers interactive fine dining, entertainment, music and magnificent views of the circuit. Paired with multi-screen coverage of all the action on track, including the live timing screens used by the teams on their pit wall. You will be close enough to see if this Swede makes any rookie mistakes.