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Marcus Ericsson

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Birth date: 2 September 1990.

Residence: Kumla, Sweden.

I was born in a town called Kumla the autumn of 1990. I have lived here my whole life with my mom, dad and my two little brothers, and I like it! It’s quite a small town and it is in the middle of Sweden so it is fairly close to everything ( skiing, the sea, mountains and the wild forest). In the winters it’s snow and cold, but then in the summer we have about 25 degrees centigrade so you get both kind of weather here.

Anyway, my racing career I guess "started" when I was 7 years old, on a karting centre close to my home. The owner of the centre was the Swedish Touringcar star Fredrik Ekblom. He liked what he saw and thought that I had the right lines and the speed, so he said to my dad: "This guy should start racing with a real kart!" I was really interested in racing and after some discussions at home where I managed to convince my family that "you know that Ekblom guys is probably right", my dad talked with a friend to him that had contacts in the karting business. Some months later in the spring of 1999 we had a red little kart in our garage in Kumla. That summer was my first in racing and I drove 7 races in a class called Cadetti and was on top of the podium in most of them. I couldn’t get enough of sports so I also played ice hockey and football too. But my favorite sport was Karting!

2000 This summer I started to race in a more advanced level called Micro which amongst things mean many more races. I also changed to a new kart team and now I started to drive with Ward Racing with Nova Karts. Even tough it was much harder to get good results in this more "advanced" series, I had great support from the team and ended up as "Rookie of the Year".

2001 I continued in Micro and tried to get top results. I had a great year and finished 3rd in the middle Sweden Kart Championship. At this point I felt strongly that racing was my thing. I was always very nervous before the races but as soon as I started my kart the nervousness was gone and I loved it! Being nervous before a race makes me drive better I think. This year Ward Racing also changed karts to Tony Kart.

2002 I changed class to Mini, but I still only raced in south and middle of Sweden. I had a good learning year and won one race in Mora, called “Siljapokalen”.

2003 This year was a big break-through for me. I won the middle Sweden championship, with over 100 competitors in my class and many of my 10 pole positions in a row ended up in victories. After that Joakim Ward at Ward Racing decided to go international kart with me and I competed in 3 races in the international class ICA that autumn. 2 of them in Sweden and one in Belgium. We finished 8th and 3rd (in Sweden) and 7th (in Belgium).

2004 I started to drive a lot of International Kart this year as well as some races in Sweden. In the Swedish championship I finished 4th. In the Nordic Championship I started 2nd in the final but retired after 10 laps with no rubber left. It was a very strange weekend. Some of the Finnish drivers went home the night before the final, because they felt that their tires where already finished, before the finals!

I also did my first year in the Italian Open Masters and it was a good learning year. I felt that racing in Italy was so much harder than Sweden.

2005 I continued to race in Europe and Sweden and this year was almost a perfect year for me. It felt like everything started to come together for me in terms of my driving skills. In the Swedish Championship I won the 4 first races and claimed the championship with 2 races to go. In the Nordic Championship in Gothenburg I won after an amazing race. I started in pole position but after just a couple of laps a Finnish guy (Tomas Heikkinen) overtook me, and he was very quick. He opened up a big gap too. But I kept my head down and managed to catch and overtake him! I ended up as both the Swedish and Nordic champion!

I was also racing in the Italian Open Masters at the same time and since this was my second year I was looking for some good results. I started the Championship with a 12th position at a rainy Garda. After that I was 3rd, 10th, 5th and 4th. That was enough to be 3rd overall and in my opinion, the best Championship result in my Kart career so far. I also did the European finals in Sarno (Italy) where I struggled a bit, finishing 17th. I had the speed but I had too much problems. I also did my debut in ICA that autumn. In the Industry Cup in Parma. I finished on a sensational 2nd place. Its was good to end the season on the same good note that it started!

2006 It was time for some change again so I went to ICA and only raced internationally. We only did one race in Sweden, "The Wiking Trophy" in Gothenburg (Scandinavias biggest race of the year). That race was almost perfect…I qualified on pole and finished 1st and 2nd in my heats. In the pre-final I started on pole and won. In the final I took the start again and was just flying. I had a lead of about 3-4 seconds on the 28th of the 30 laps. Then on the second to last lap disaster struck. My engine blew up! I was extremely disappointed, to the point I was crying. What I did not know was that Kenny Brack, IndyCar champion and Indianapolis 500 winner and swedens biggest racing star was there watching. He came up to me afterwards and offered a me meeting to discuss my future in racing.

The race itself was quite good example on how this year turned out, a lot of engine problems but when the engine was OK I was very quick. I did win one race in the Italian Open Masters at Garda after staring 10th. Up to that point that moment was one of the best in my career!

Later that year I had the meeting with Kenny and it went very well. He offered to help get the sponsors, the right team, and together with a friend of his, Eje Elgh, to help coach me to take the step up from Karting to Formula cars. I committed to him to do my best and try to win races! To me and my family, who did not have any possibilities of finding the money or even had any knowlege to take this step to real racing cars, it was like christmas!

Soon afterwards I did my first tests in Formula BMW.

The driving style in open wheel cars is very different to Karting. A lot more data to study, and overall much more complicated, gear changing, bigger teams with a lot of people and a lot more physically demanding. So here I am looking forward to an interesting season!

2007 The first racing car weekend in my career. In British Formula BMW, where we decided to race, you have two races per race weekend and two separate qualifying sessions. The championship started off at Brands Hatch. I qualified 4th for my first ever car race and in the second one I took the pole! I have to say that when I woke up the next morning I was really nervous. But in some way I was really looking forward to it as well, I wanted to show everyone that it wasn’t just luck. The first race went well. Sure, I did some small mistakes here and there but I brought it home and finished on the podium, in 3rd place. In race 2, starting from the pole I won pretty comfortable. That was amazing! And after this unbelievable start, the season was under way.

It took a while to get the next victory but in the meanwhile I scored as many points as I could. A while into the season it was clear my main opponents were Josef Kral and Henry Arundel. The turning point came after mid season. I was still leading the championship and should have won from pole at Croft. Only to let Kral slip by in the last corner by a silly mistake I made. The next day, when I was doing a promotion day in Stockholm with Kenny, he had a talk with me and said “despite that you’re leading the championship, unless you improve, you are not going to win it. Both Kral and Arundel have the upper hand on you”. He also said “we can only do what we can do, but in order to take the step up to Formula 3 we need to be the best”.

Kenny’s words really motivated me because I was going to win the championship. And I was going to be a Formula 3 driver in 2008! After that point I worked even harder to improve my driving and my starts. As always, Kenny’s and Eje’s management helped me a lot. They were always there for me, teaching and helping me getting the best out of myself. Together we are a very strong team and the last three race weekends, that’s when the real hunt for the title started!

At Snetterton I took two pole positions and won the first race of the weekend. Then disaster struck. The car suffered a mechanical problem in the second race and I finished in 12th place and that was all it took. All of a sudden I was 3rd in the championship standings. That’s how close the point’s battle was! The next race at Brands Hatch I felt the pressure but again took two pole positions and this time two race wins. Now it felt at least in speed, that I was the one to beat. And going into the last weekend of the season at Knockhill, Scotland, the championship table was turned back into my favour again.

I had never raced or tested at Knockhill before so I was a little nervous to have this much on the line, but like Brands, the weekend was perfect. I took two poles and two race wins. On top of winning the Championship and the Rookie Championship, I also turned 17 years old that same day! It was a fun banquet that same evening. My mechanic Dale tattooed his, mine and the team manager Russel’s initials on his arm. Now he’ll never get rid of us!

The next morning, while most of the others that were attending the party were sleeping, Kenny and I got on the early morning plane out of Edinburgh to go to Pembrey, Wales, for my first Formula 3 test. I was very excited and also very tired, but Kenny thought it was best to “get Formula BMW out of your system and start learning about the future”.

F-3 had a lot more down force, more power and was quite a bit faster. Faster = more fun! We decided to stay with Fortec Motorsport even for this next step in my career. Richard Dutton and the Fortec team gives you that special feeling that makes you feel at home, so that decision felt absolutely perfect to me!

2008 My first year in F3 was going to be a hard learning year. We signed on with Fortec Motorsport F3 team and after my success in 2007 the expectations from my own side where high for the upcoming season. It also started of very well. In official testing before the season we where always up at the top end of the leader board, and also first race weekend was good with a 7th and 2nd position for the 2 races. That gave me the lead of the championship shared with Jaime Alguersauri from Carlin Motorsport. It continued well in Croft where I qualified p1 and p2 for the races. Unfortunately the first race was not good and in the flooding rain I only managed to finish 5th from pole positon. In race 2 I had a big accident already on the first lap, so that was it for my weekend. The season continued in Italy and Monza, and this became one of my favorite tracks that’s for sure! We didn't really have the speed to be honest but the races where fantastic. I never thought it was possible to overtake like this in a Formula 3 car, it felt like I was back in Karting again! If you got a good exit onto a straight and in the slip stream you could overtake 3 cars (with a little luck!). And if you had a bad exit the reverse was true too.

The season went on and we had some good moments with 2nd place in Rockingham, which was maybe my best race of the year (started in 7th). And Thruxton where I also managed to get the 2nd place. When we came to Brands Hatch everything seemed to fall into place. After dominating the free practice on Friday I took double pole position for Sunday races, but my first pole got taken away because of speeding under yellow flag. So first race they put me back to 6th, and to try and win from there on Brands Hatch GP circuit (which is known to be almost impossible to pass on) was not easy. I managed to finish 5th but I knew we had good chances for race 2. The start of race 2 was going to be dramatic. Sergio Perez who started 2nd got an excellent start and just passed me around the outside into Paddock Hill bend. After that I only had one thin on my mind, and that was the victory… I sat on Perez gearbox for the next 20 laps but he didn't do a single mistake. With 2 laps to go I decided to give it my everything to try and pass him. With 3 corners to go I pushed too hard, and my race ended up in the gravel trap. I wasn't too disappointed about losing my second position, but I was so angry on myself because of losing the start.

The rest of the season was difficult. The Carlin team was making good progress and we struggled to keep up with them. Although, we had a good weekend in Silverstone where I finished on the podium twice (2nd and 3rd). At the end I still managed to get the 5th spot in the championship after getting in front of Atte Mustonen in the last race of the season at Donington Park. As a Rookie year in F3 it was still a good result. But as always I want to win races and fight for championships I was still a bit disappointed. When I later on though about the season I realized that I learned a lot, which was good.

I also did Macau GP (unofficial World Cup for F3) at the end of the season. Here we got the opportunity to drive for the British Championship winning team Carlin Motorpsort. Just to drive on the Macau Circuit was an amazing feeling, and this is the best racing circuit I have ever driven on! Anyway I started slowly to build up the speed and confidence and everything went as planned. Every session I improved and in the second qualifying I was only 1 sec. from the pole time. But that was only good for p15 because of the unbelievable hard competition. First race also went very well and I ended up p8! The next morning on the warm-up I managed to be p4, so now I felt that I had very good chances for a good finish. In the final I did a good start and already after the 1st corner I was P5. Unfortunately I did my first mistake of the weekend when I braked I little bit to late on the cold tires, into turn 2. And because it is Macau it was no room for mistakes and my weekend was all over. Still I had a great time and I loved every second!

After that the work for 2009 started. We got the opportunity to drive for 2007 and 2008 Macau GP Champion's and multiple Japanese F3 Champion's PETRONAS Team TOM's for the -09 season. I look forward to this very much.

I really want to thank Fortec Motorsport for my first 2 years in car racing. It has been fantastic and I have been blessed to work with great people all the time! Another piece of the puzzle is of course my sponsors and other people around me. Without them this wouldn't be possible. Last but not least I want to thank Kenny Brack and Eje Elgh for always being there supporting and helping me out. They are invaluable for me and I can never thank them enough!

Personal Name: Marcus Ericsson

Place of birth: Kumla, Sweden

Weight: 64 kg

Height: 174 cm

Family: Father, mother and two brothers, girlfriend.

Hometowns: Kumla, Sweden and Northampton, UK.

Favourite clothes: Everything that’s expensive ;)

Favourite place on earth: Sweden!

Favourite food: Italian and Swedish food.

Favourite drink: Gainomax recovery.

Favourite hobbies: Ice hockey, Motorsport, personal training, be with my friends and be with my girlfriend.

Favourite music: indie-/britpop, pop and the music on the radio!

Favourite film: The Guardian, Pirates of the Caribbean, Castaway and Remember the Titans.

Favourite expression: “It ain´t over before the fat lady sings”

Favourite car: Koenigsegg.

Favourite racing driver: Michael Schumacher because he is the best and Heikki Kovalainen because he is cool!

Best day of the year: The day when I win the championship!

The worst day of the year: There are no bad days! =)

First race: 1999 in Jönköping, Sweden in Kart.

First victory: Won races in Sweden already 1999. But first big win was the Nordic champion win in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2005.

Fast Facts 2008: -Finished 5th in the British International Formula 3 series. -3 pole positions (got 1 taken away) -Finished on the Podium 5 times.

2007: -Won the British Formula BMW Championship and the Rookie Championship. -Scored 7 wins and 11 Pole positions in 18 races. -Won the Swedish Junior Racing Driver of The Year award.

2006: ICA. -1 race in Sweden, the Nordic Championship in Gothenburg. Led the final in convincing style until engine blew up with 2 laps to go. -1st in the second Italian open Masters Race in Garda.

2005: ICA Junior. -Swedish Champion and won 4 of 6 races. 3rd in Italian Open Master (over 90 competitors from all over the world). -Nordic Champion, -Winter cup in Garda 9th. -Also did 2 races in ICA that autumn. Parma industry cup where I finished 2nd overall after 2 weekends.

2004: ICA Junior. -European Masters 24th -Italian Open Masters 21st -Swedish Masters 4th, -Winter cup south Garda 17th, -Gothenburg "Great Price" 3rd and Gothenburg "Tom Trana trophy" 3rd.

2003: Mini. -Won middle Sweden kart championship with over 100 competitors. Had 10 pole positions in a row. -Also did 3 races in ICA Junior that autumn. Gothenburg big price 8th, Swedish kart festival 3rd and 7th in Mariemburg, Belgium.

2002: Mini, Sweden. -“Rookie of the year”, Sweden.

2001: Micro, Sweden. -18 races, 13 podiums, some of them wins.

2000: Micro, Sweden. “Rookie of the year”, Sweden.

1999: Cadetti, Sweden. -7 races, 6 podiums

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