Formula 1 rookie Marcus Ericsson is itching to get back into his Caterham car for the Malaysian Grand Prix next weekend following a solid if not spectacular start to his Formula 1 career last weekend in Australia.
The Swedish youngster was signed by Caterham for 2014 following four years in GP2 where he established himself as a race winner and built up a cult following in his native country.
However, in Australia, Ericsson failed to match teammate Kamui Kobayashi during qualifying and finished the session in 20th position. In the race, he managed to work his way up into 11th place at one point, but eventually dropped back before retiring due to an oil pressure problem. Nevertheless, he is keen on getting back to work in Malaysia next weekend.
“I can’t wait to get back in the car, especially after having a really good race until the oil pressure problem forced us to stop in Australia,” Ericsson explained. “It’s been great to read so many nice comments about what we did in the race after such a bad Friday, but now I want to get on with it again and go straight back to work.”
Unlike Albert Park in Australia, Ericsson has raced at Sepang before, with the race making up part of last year’s GP2 championship.
“Sepang’s a track I’ve already raced on, so that’s obviously an advantage over Australia,” he said. “I really like the heat and have trained hard all through the winter to prepare for races like Malaysia, so I’ll be 100% ready physically, but I’m still just loving being in F1 and for race two to be a home race for Caterham and on a track I know and like, that’s just really good for me.”
Teammate Kamui Kobayashi is also hoping to record his first finish of the season in Malaysia after retiring from the Australian Grand Prix at turn one, and with the race being Caterham’s official ‘home race’, both drivers will be hoping to make it a weekend to remember.