Caterham confirms Marcus Ericsson for 2014

By on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Caterham has confirmed that Marcus Ericsson will make his Formula 1 debut for the team in 2014.

Ericsson won three races across a four year period in GP2 and finished a best of sixth in the championship in 2013.

Ericsson will become the first Swedish driver to race in Formula 1 since Stefan Johansson in 1991.

Ericsson will race alongside Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi. He will use the #9 for his Formula 1 career.

"This is a very proud day for me and everyone who has helped make my F1 dream come true," said Ericsson.

"I’ll be making the step up to F1 with Caterham in 2014 and I’m already excited about the season ahead, and the first race in Australia in particular."

"It’s obviously great for Sweden that we’ll have a Swedish driver back on the grid in 2014. This is what I’ve been working for since I first started racing karts back when I was nine years old, and now I know I’m ready for the step up to F1. Caterham is a young team and together we can take on the challenges the new rules will present in 2014 - learning together and continuing to develop as the season progresses."

"I’m going to be in the factory in Leafield as much as I can before and during the tests in Spain and Bahrain so I can play an active role in helping understand the 2014 car, and what we need to do to unlock its performance. We have a big task in front of us but it’s an exciting one, and one both the team and I are ready for."

Team principal Cyril Abiteboul says Ericsson is prepared for his debut in the sport.

"He’s physically and mentally prepared for what lies ahead, and he will have all the support we can give him across the team to help him fulfil his obvious potential in Formula One," he said.

Marcus Ericsson's path to Formula 1

23-year-old Ericsson will make his debut in Formula 1 this season after a moderately successful junior career.

Ericsson claimed titles in Formula BMW and Japanese Formula Three before stepping up to GP2 for 2010.

He raced for Super Nova in his rookie season and claimed a sprint race win in Valencia, before switching to iSport for 2011. That move yielded no wins in 2011 but in 2012 he progressed and ended the season strongly as he notched up a win at Spa that propelled him up to eighth in the championship.

For 2013 he moved to DAMS, the team which guided Romain Grosjean and Davide Valsecchi to the championship in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

But Ericsson was dogged by misfortune across the first half of the season and took until the tenth round of the campaign to finish in the top 10 of a race. His form improved as he collected a win and a further four podiums to finish the championship in sixth position.

Ericsson has previously tested Formula 1 machinery as he participated in the young driver test for Brawn GP at Jerez towards the end of 2009.

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