F1 2014 Driver Review: Marcus Ericsson


Marcus Ericsson

Team: Caterham F1 Team
Car No.: 9
Races: 16
Wins: 0
Podiums (excluding wins): 0
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 0
Laps Led: 0
Championship Position: 19th

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Much like Esteban Gutierrez in 2013, Marcus Ericsson’s rookie season may not have been that notable, but he did make some definite strides forward as the year wore on, even if they were not reflected in his results.

Coming up from GP2, Ericsson’s best outing of the year came at Monaco when he finished 11th in a race of attrition, matching Caterham’s best ever result in Formula 1. That would be the peak of the season, though, with the Swede not returning after the Russian Grand Prix when Caterham folded.

Amid all of the financial uncertainty that engulfed Caterham, Ericsson has managed to land on his feet, securing a seat with Sauber for 2015. People may point to his wallet, and although this will have played a part in it, if paddock speculation is to be believed, it is perhaps not as big as many may assume.

It may have been an unspectacular first season, but Ericsson deserves a second bite of the cherry in 2015. However, he must take full advantage of this chance – very few drivers escape the bottom-feeder teams.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

Swede Marcus Ericsson had some marginal moments in his debut season of Formula One but like many others for either Caterham or its prior iteration as Lotus, wasn’t all that noticeable throughout the season.

The highlights included his near points-score in Monaco with 11th place and a handful of times he was best qualifier in the four-car Caterham/Marussia battle. Outside of Russia though, his 16th and final start this season, he never broke out of Row 10 on the grid, and fell towards the back as the year progressed.

Only one of his five retirements was from an accident, and that was excusable in Hungary given the race’s mixed conditions. But he made several mistakes in practice throughout the year, and those incidents probably set him back a bit. It also wasn’t a good look for him when Andre Lotterer – who hadn’t sat in an F1 car in more than a decade – turned up at Spa and outqualified him by nearly a second. With full-season teammate Kamui Kobayashi, a deficit was expected, but not against the German in his debut.

Ericsson has garnered enough funding for a second chance with Sauber in 2015 and with a full year of racing under his belt, will enter as de facto team leader over rookie Felipe Nasr. He did just enough this year to merit another season, but will need some true breakout performances next year to assure his long-term future.

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

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Pit stop summary

Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Pit stop performance

Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.