Marcus Ericsson hoping for points in sophomore F1 season

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Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson has set his sights on scoring his first points in Formula 1 during his sophomore year in 2015 following a difficult year with Caterham.

The Swedish driver stepped up from GP2 to F1 for 2014 but failed to make much of an impact with the backmarkers. However, he did do enough to secure a seat at Sauber for 2015, and feels that he is in the best place to develop as an F1 driver.

“I am pleased about being a member of the Sauber F1 Team,” Ericsson said. “After a difficult season, we want to move forward and fight in the midfield like the team previously did.

“From a driver’s point of view, I want to continue to learn and establish myself as a Formula 1 driver. I have the feeling of being in the perfect environment to do so.

“In Formula 1 it is difficult to have precise targets, as it depends on the overall package. It is clear that we want to be fighting for points.”

Sauber endured its worst ever season in F1 in 2014, but the team hopes that the newly-launched C34 car can help to turn its fortunes around with Ericsson and teammate Felipe Nasr behind the wheel.

Undoubtedly though, Ericsson does have plenty to prove in his sophomore year. Despite improving across the course of the season, he struggled to match the pace of teammate Kamui Kobayashi and even one-time stand-in Andre Lotterer despite the latter having not driven an F1 car in ten years.

However, as we saw with Valtteri Bottas in 2014, it often takes a year for drivers to find their feet before they can make a serious impact in F1.