Team: Sauber F1 Team
Car No.: 9
Best Finish: 8th (Australia)
Fastest Laps: 0
Laps Led: 0
Championship Position: 18th
Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)
In Formula 1, you can put the drivers into set ‘groups’: the superstars (Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso); the up-and-comers (Bottas, Ricciardo, Kvyat etc.); the nearlymen (Hulkenberg, Grosjean).
When you get towards the back of the field, there is a group of drivers that could easily be swapped with a number of different drivers from series such as GP2, IndyCar or the WEC who could probably do just as good a job. Marcus Ericsson is the driver in F1 that fits this group best.
Ericsson started the season very well by scoring his first points in Australia, and looked capable of picking up points in Malaysia after good qualifying and a strong start before spinning out thanks to an error. He impressed at Monza, but was largely anonymous for much of the year, battling towards the back.
Sure, 2015 was better for Ericsson, but with so many youngsters burgeoning to break onto the grid, it’s hard to see what kind of future the Swede has in the sport unless 2016 presents a drastic change in fortunes.
Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)
The most I really paid attention to Ericsson’s season, in all honesty, came prior to the opening round in Melbourne when Giedo van der Garde had his legal actions against the Sauber team to try to claim his place for a drive. Once it became apparent the Dutchman wasn’t going to be racing, Ericsson had his second season after all, which was largely anonymous.
Good on him for scoring points at the handful of opportunities he had, but rarely if ever was there a race where I watched and thought Ericsson was worth paying much attention.
He seems decent but doesn’t really ever seem the type whose performance is going to get him noticed by the bigger teams. We don’t really have perennial midfielders in F1 much anymore, but Ericsson in that sense is something of a throwback to the mid-‘90s or early-2000s where he’s consistently there, but never in a starring role.