Sweden and F1 is not a very common combination, certainly a lot rarer than its neighbour Finland. Bar one successful outing with the late Ronnie Peterson, the partnership has yielded very little. And when we think of Sweden, we think meatballs, IKEA and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's nose before F1, but now something has changed.
The revolution begun unbeknownst to anyone in Kumla, 1990 when Marcus Ericsson, Sweden's new F1 star, was born. The Formula BMW and Japanese F3 champion is one of many F1 drivers to come through GP2 and eventually DAMS.
He debuted in GP2 with Super Nova racing and won a race in his first season, the sprint race in Valencia, and was signed to iSport for the next season. Two third-places were the highlight of the 2011 campaign and 2012 yielded an impressive victory. Further, 5 podiums and 8th place in the championship with 124 points saw him sign for the illustrious DAMS for 2013.
One win, three seconds and a third was the same as last season yet he finished two places higher in the championship, albeit with three points less than the previous season. He was subsequently signed by Caterham F1 team for 2014.
Back on 1-3 December 2009, Ericsson drove for Brawn GP at a test in Jerez. Now five years later he was back in an F1 car, although a back marker rather than front runner. He was consistent throughout the season and was far from outclassed by his experienced teammate who had scored a podium in F1 in his previous season, Kamui Kobayashi. He had a best finish of 11th at the illustrious Monaco Grand Prix and nearly scored points for the team. He was the top Caterham driver of the four with 19th place in the standings. With good sponsorship he secured a driver for cash strapped Sauber F1 team who he has scored 9 points with and has now achieved a Q3 qualifying.
by Matthew Ganon