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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.

Alex Zanardi showing signs of interaction three months after crash

Alex Zanardi recovery
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MILAN — Italian racing driver turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi has started responding to treatment with signs of interaction, more than three months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.

Zanardi has spent most of that time in intensive care after crashing into an oncoming truck during a relay event near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19.

“For several days now. Alex Zanardi has undergone cognitive and motor rehabilitation sessions, with the administration of visual and acoustic stimuli, to which the patient responds with momentary and initial signs of interaction,” the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said in a statement Thursday.

The hospital said that is “significant progress” but added that his condition remains serious, and that it would be “absolutely premature” to make a long-term prognosis.

Zanardi, 53, suffered serious facial and cranial trauma in the crash and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors have warned of possible brain damage.

He was operated on several times to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely damaged face and the Milan hospital added that he recently had undergone another surgery to reconstruct his skull and would have another one in the coming weeks.

Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago. He won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.