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F1 2016 Driver Review: Marcus Ericsson

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Marcus Ericsson

Team: Sauber F1 Team
Car No.: 9
Races: 21
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: 11th (Mexico)
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 0
Laps Led: 0
Championship Position: 22nd

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

The stats may look disappointing, but this was actually Marcus Ericsson’s best season yet in Formula 1. The Swede was hamstrung much like teammate Felipe Nasr for much of the year by the financial issues at Sauber, making points an unrealistic hope for the first part of the year.

Ericsson was always regarded as the ‘number two’ at Sauber, yet he dominated the head-to-head battle against Nasr, silencing many of his critics in the process.

Ericsson’s finest hour came in Mexico, where, after first-lap contact, he made an ambitious one-stop strategy work wonders to finish 11th – agonizingly close to the points.

There are plenty of positives to be taken from Ericsson’s 2016 season, who is showing the makings of a decent mid-pack driver.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

While he’d been largely anonymous in his first two seasons, this year Marcus Ericsson at least put a couple notable performances on the board, and did well to outperform Sauber teammate Felipe Nasr more often than not. It was perhaps unfortunate he didn’t get a point on the board as a result.

Ericsson looked closer to scoring points on four occasions, with 11th in Mexico and three other 12th place finishes on the board. Is growing into a dependable finisher if not an outright pacesetter in the field, as a rare perennial midfielder who’s now going to stick into his fourth season next year.

Pagenaud leads no-tow times in Sunday practice

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Sunday practice ahead of Day 2 of qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 was split into two groups – one for the drivers who ended Saturday qualifying in positions 10-33, and one for the drivers who made the Fast Nine Shootout for the Pole.

In the combined times, Ryan Hunter-Reay was fastest overall. But, Simon Pagenaud topped the all-important no-tow speeds with a lap of 229.409 mph.

Pagenaud’s Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, and Will Power were second, third, and fourth on the no-tow chart – and they were also the only four drivers from the Top 9 who went out for practice.

Of the drivers who qualifying between positions 10 through 33, Alexander Rossi had the quickest no-tow speed of 227.779 mph.

Combined results are below. Qualifying begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.