Birthplace: Kumla, Sweden
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Marcus Ericsson was still a teenager when he won Japan’s Formula Three championship in 2009. He went into the final round behind TOM’s team mate Takuto Iguchi in the standings but clinched the title with his fifth win of the season after Iguchi spun out.
It was the second championship victory in three years for the driver, backed by fellow Swede and former IndyCar racer Kenny Brack. After graduating from karts in 2007 he won the British Formula BMW championship at his first attempt. Ericsson spent most of the year at the head of the points table and won the last four races.
He made a promising start to his GP2 career with Super Nova in 2010. He benefitted from a pair of first-lap crashes in the feature race at Valencia to finish seventh having started last. That put him on the front row of the grid for the sprint race which he duly won.
But he only took one more points finish that year and ended the season 17th overall. After moving to iSport he figured more regularly in the points, despite a few run-ins with team mate Sam Bird, and finished the season in tenth place.
His second season with iSport was a considerable improvement – he finally scored a follow-up victory at Spa, over two years since his first win – which began a consistent run of strong finishes at the end of the season.
For 2013 he joined DAMS, with whom Davide Valsecchi and Romain Grosjean had won the previous two championships. But Ericsson’s year began dreadfully and after ten races had just nine points, eight of which were for his two pole positions.
He got his championship back on track with a victory the next time out at the Nurburgring, and from then on figured much more often in the battle for podium positions. Having been 20th in the championship after race nine, he recovered to sixth at the end of the year.
Ericsson was picked up by Caterham who handed him an F1 seat for the following season, making him the first Swede in F1 in 23 years.
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