Marcus Ericsson is hoping to learn as much as possible from team-mate Kamui Kobayashi
at Caterham and is confident he can make the step up from GP2.
2014 will mark Ericsson's debut in Formula One, while Kobayashi has previously started in 60 grands prix during spells at Toyota
Far from being concerned by being paired with an experienced team-mate, Ericsson believes it will actually help him raise his game and become a better driver.
“I think it's very good for me to start Formula One with a very experienced team-mate like Kamui,” Ericsson said. “He's shown already in Formula One how high level he can perform at. So for me it's a great opportunity and I will learn as much as I can from him. Obviously I hope we can have a good working relationship and help each other to bring the team forward and be as strong as we possibly can.”
Ericsson steps up from GP2 after a relatively disappointing season in 2013. Having been tipped as one of the title favourites, Ericsson finished sixth in the standings with just one race victory. However, he said his improvement after failing to score a point in the first nine races of the season convinces him he will be able to deal with the pressure in Formula One.
“Last year was my big year in GP2; I had the car, I had the speed, I had everything to be fighting for the championship. But the start of the year was really tough. I knew the speed was there but it just didn't go my way. I think I learned to control the pressure and in the second half of the year I was more driving for my career than anything because I knew if I didn't improve the second part I would probably be back in Sweden driving touring cars.
“So for me I felt even more pressure in the second half of the season than the first but I worked quite hard on the mental side and I'm really happy that I was able to perform at the level that I did at the end of the year.”
With Stefan Johansson having been the last Swede to race in Formula One, Ericsson also said he felt it was a big opportunity for him to represent the country.
“For Sweden it's great obviously, we've been waiting a long time – 23 years – so it's great for my country and I'm really proud. I hope that I can do really well and make them proud.”